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William the Conqueror invited Jews into England from Normandy around 1070, but the Jewish community of merchants and money lenders formed an uneasy relationship with the English crown and people. Medieval Jews were considered to be the king's property, and received certain protection, despite ruthless exploitation of their finances by the crown. However, their religious beliefs created suspicion that resulted in frequent persecution.
Personal experiences of a professional family historian researching in England, referencing the Simpson family of County Durham
Yorkshire industry including mining, wool mills, and steelmaking. Reference to the Silkstone mining disaster, the Borthwick Institute, and local points of interest.