Making a martyr: How the child murder libel was born in medieval Norwich

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Date / time
Date(s) - 9 August
4:45 pm - 6:30 pm

The National Archives


Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) will discuss a manuscript copied c.1200 – the sole source for the fateful and still intriguing events that led to the invention of the child murder accusation against Jews. It evokes 12th-century religious culture, attempting to create a new narrative, one which turned Jewish neighbours into dangerous predators.

Every Wednesday in August 2017, we are hosting the The National Archives summer lecture series, sponsored by the Friends of the National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society.

The theme for this series is Secrets and lies: Suppression, distortion and fiction in past societies. Each lecture will start at 17:30. There will be light refreshments and a document display before the lecture, 16:45-17:30.


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