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Letter of Alvaro Mendez to Queen Elizabeth, with autograph signature

 

Jews in Elizabethan England.

Presidential Address delivered at Manchester on Sunday, November21,1926.

Between the years 1880 and 1888 the late Sir Sidney Lee inaugurated the renascence of Anglo-Jewish historical study by his researches into the middle period of Anglo-Jewish history?that is, the obscure period between the expulsion of the Jews by Edward I. in 1290, and their readmission by Oliver Cromwell in 1655. He gave special attention to the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and he argued, not unreasonably, that there must have been a considerable number of Jews in England at that period. The evidence on which he relied was, in the first place, the great expansion of foreign trade and the large immigration of foreign merchants and other aliens which took place during the second half of the sixteenth century, and, in the second place, the popular interest

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