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Published to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Jewish Historical Society of England, this is no conventional dictionary. For two centuries an extensive Jewish community played an important role in English medieval history. The book opens up a society for which we have sources 'many hundreds of times richer than those for France' (Robert Chazan). Nearly 30 self-governing communities extended across the country, from York to Exeter, Hereford to Canterbury. Vestiges of the medieval Jewry remain in street names; sites of Jewish houses, synagogues and cemeteries; and archaeological sites and artefacts. The 42 illustrations include 14 town plans. 30 biographic entries examine leading members of communities; eight include family trees, in six cases extending over at least five generations. A wide range of entries of general interest provide details on matters as diverse as Synagogues, Ritual child murder, Women, Libraries and Books, Mikva'ot, Usury, Herb gardens, Bezant, Community, Treasure and Laving stone.