A Domus Conversorum at Bristol?
In Jewish Historical Studies 41 (2007) Lauren Fogle describes how in 1216, two weeks after his coronation in the abbey of St Mary at Gloucester, the nine-year-old Henry III, accompanied by his guardian, the papal legate Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, held a council ‘to inspect the work of the [Bristol] Kalendars Guild, a religious fraternity that had founded a house for converted Jews in the city around 1154 … There is therefore every reason to believe that Henry III founded the [London] Domus Conversorum as a result of his own pious motives and experiences as a child.’1
Henry was indeed in Bristol on 12 November 1216, but the royal council held on that occasion was called to consider much more important business than the Kalendars Guild. It had to decide how best to rally the ninety seven dissident barons to the young king’s cause of repelling the French invasion of hisBecome a member to read the full article
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- Spain and the Jews in the Second World War
- Amendments to ‘England Expects…’
- Salo Baron, universal Jewish historian
- Josiah Wedgwood and Palestine
- Aaron Liebermann: the father of Jewish socialism
- “Samson” by Solomon J. Solomon: Victorian academy and Jewish identity
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- Early modern German states and the settlement of Jews: Brandenburg—Prussia and the Palatinate, sixteenth to nineteenth centuries
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- In memoriam: John Klier, 1944—2007