The Testimony of the London Jewry against theM inisters of Henry III

Paper read before the Jewish Historical Society of England,
June 15, 1937.

Henry III believed in the absolute power of the Crown . . . and this claim was maintained by his favourite advisers in the royal council. The death of Archbishop Langton (in 1228) followed by the fall of Hubert de Burgh (1232) left him free to surround him selfw ith dependent ministers, mere agents of the royal will. Hosts of hungry Poitevins and Bretons were at once summoned over to occupy the royal castles and to fill the judicial and administrative posts about the Court. . . .T he whole machinery of administration passed into the hands of men ignorant and contemptuous of English
government or English law. Their rule was a mere anarchy; the very retainers of the royal household turned robbers, . . . corruption invaded the judicature and judges openly took bribe……………………

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