Jews of Sarum

FOUND IN:

There were small Jewish communities all over medieval England, including in the little town of Wilton, just two miles from Sarum. The unexpected story of how the Jewish community helped finance the Church, the vexed question of 'usury', and the way that the Jews were expelled from England late in the thirteenth century are all related in some detail in the 'Founding' chapter of SARUM.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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