The Life and Passion of William of Norwich

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Penguin, Jul 28, 2015 - History - 320 pages
A new translation of a fascinating chronicle from 12th-century England

A work that holds a unique and terrible place in the history of anti-Semitism, The Life and Passion of William of Norwich gives a remarkable insight into daily life in a medieval cathedral city, while also documenting miracles at the shrine of William, a boy worshippers believed to be murdered by the Jews of Norwich. This was the earliest version of the “blood libel,” a horrible myth of ritual murder which has haunted Europe ever since.

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About the author (2015)

THOMAS OF MONMOUTH was a monk in Norwich Cathedral Priory in the mid-twelfth century, but little more is known about his life.

MIRI RUBIN is a professor of medieval and early modern history at Queen Mary University of London.

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