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Jews and Law in England 1190-1290

March 4, 2015, 6:00pm BST - 8:00pm
London Global Gateway University of Notre Dame

United Kingdom

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In this talk, Professor Brand discusses laws concerning Jewish communities in England following their settlement after the Norman Conquest of 1066 until their Expulsion in 1290. He will focus on the charters of King Henry II and his successors in the mid to late twelfth century that governed the status and activities of members of the Jewish community, royal legislation at the end of the twelfth century that regulated money lending activities, and legislation in the thirteenth century that put social controls on Jewish communities and governed social contact between Jews and Christians. He also will discuss the lack of formal legislation surrounding the Expulsion.

Paul Brand holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Oxford. His previous roles include Assistant Keeper at the Public Record Office in London, Lecturer in Law at University College, Dublin, and Research Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research in London. He also has been a visiting professor at several American universities. In 1997 he was elected a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, became a Senior Research Fellow of the same college two years later, and the college’s Senior Dean in 2011. His main publications include: The Origins of the English Legal Profession (1992) and The Earliest English Law Reports, vols. I, II (1996) and vols. III and IV (2005 and 2007).

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