THE DEBTS AND HOUSES OF THE JEWS OF HEREFORD IN 1290

When the history of the Jews of England before the Expulsion comes to be written, it will probably be found to derive its chief interest not, like that of the mediasval Jews of southern Europe, from the literary and philosophical importance of the period dealt with, nor, like that of the Jews of central Europe, from stories of the daring and suffering of martyrs who died for their faith, but rather from the comparative ful? ness and clearness with which the historian will be able to describe the relations of the members of the Jewish communities to the people around them and to one another. Mr. Joseph Jacobs and Mr. M. D. Davis have accomplished much work that will help our future historian to do justice to his subject, and I trust that the documents which I am now enabled to publish may serve, in some slight measure, towards the

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