This title examines the ritual murder accusation (or blood libel), one of the most heinous charges against the Jews in the history of medieval antisemitism. It traces the origins to the circumstances surrounding the death of William of Norwich in 1144 and the text of the 'Life and Passion' composed by the monk Thomas of Monmouth in 1150, in the period immediately following the English civil war, the Anarchy under King Stephen, and the Second Crusade. The charge arose as the result of a trial of an indebted knight, Simon de Novers, for killing his Jewish banker Deulesalt.
Blood accusation. (LCSH)
Christianity and antisemitism. (LCSH)
Antisemitism -- Europe -- History -- To 1500. (LCSH)
Jews -- Persecutions -- Europe -- History -- To 1500. (LCSH)