THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE JEWS AND THE ROYAL FAMILY OF ENGLAND IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY

The relationship between the Jews and the Boyal Family in the thirteenth century opens up questions not only of public policy and of national, and even international, dealings, but also of personal and individual character and conduct. It may be well, therefore, to give a brief reminder of the royal personages on or near the throne of England from the accession of King John in 1199 to the Expulsion of the Jews in 1290.

When the thirteenth century opened there were three queens living who had worn the crown of England?Eleanor of Aquitaine, the widow of Henry II, Berengaria of Navarre, the relict of Bichard Coeur de Lion, and Isabella of Angouleme, Queen-Consort of King John.

Eleanor the Queen-Moth er, whose support had been one of the chief factors in securing the throne for her favourite son John, survived during four or five of the troubled years of that monarch’s

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