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Making a martyr: How the child murder libel was born in medieval Norwich

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FREE LECTURE

Professor Miri Rubin (Queen Mary University of London) will discuss a manuscript copied c.1200 – the sole source for the fateful and still intriguing events that led to the invention of the child murder accusation against Jews. It evokes 12th-century religious culture, attempting to create a new narrative, one which turned Jewish neighbours into dangerous predators.

Every Wednesday in August 2017, we are hosting the The National Archives summer lecture series, sponsored by the Friends of the National Archives and supported by the Royal Historical Society.

The theme for this series is Secrets and lies: Suppression, distortion and fiction in past societies. Each lecture will start at 17:30. There will be light refreshments and a document display before the lecture, 16:45-17:30.


Other Lectures in this series:

2 August - Sorcery, bastardy and the English Royal Family: ‘Alternative facts’ in 15th-century England

16 August - Ambassadors and arms dealers in 16th-century Italy

23 August - Unheard, ignored and misrepresented: The Victorian pauper ‘in their own write’

30 August - Hitler lives!: ‘Alternative facts’ and conspiracy theories


We run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.

For more information on our First World War 100 programme, please visit: nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war.

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