THE RECORDS OF EXCHEQUER RECEIPTS FROM THE ENGLISH JEWRY

I. Introduction.

The study of the medieval history of the Jews in England is a pleasantly compact one. It is very definitely bounded at the one end by the arrival of their folk in this country, at the other by their expulsion; and the way in which they were treated by the English kings and people makes the period one of peculiar isolation even in their history. Never was there a body of people whose activities were more exactly circumscribed: never (it follows) was there a subject of historical research the directions of which could be more satisfactorily and easily defined.

In the present case we are limited, in the matter of sources, to an examination of Records.1 Records during the time which concerns us fall into two periods. The first contains mainly the Pipe TwQ periods of Rolls or Great Rolls of the Exchequer (which start with English and

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