Jews in Medieval England

William the Conqueror invited Jews to settle in England after the Norman Conquest.  Here, they quickly began to play an important role in the economy, lending money particularly to the king and royal court when Christians were forbidden to loan money at interest.  The situation for Jews changed drastically when Edward I introduced the Statute of Jewry in 1275 which limited where Jews were allowed to live and the reinforcement of  the 1218 obligation for Jews to wear a yellow badge.  The Yellow Star enforced on Jews during the Third Reich originated with English royalty. Read More…..