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Diarmaid MacCulloch investigates how the English persecuted Jews through the story of William of Norwich in the 12th century. He explores the reasons why the Jews were blamed for his murder, the consequences for the Jews in England, and how the rumour set in motion after the murder of William of Norwich was to create an atmosphere of hatred of Jews across Europe.
This clip is from:
How God Made the English
First broadcast:
4 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

Ask students to respond to the following: 1) What does the story of William of Norwich suggest about a) the Jewish people in 12th century England, b) the church and c) the ordinary people? 2) What examples of minority groups can they think of in their own community? How are they treated, by whom and why? What lessons can be learned from the story of William of Norwich?

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