The stereotype of the Jewish money-lender in Medieval Spain and England: Myth or Reality?
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HEH39
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
The classical narrative has medieval European Jews as almost universally engaged in money lending and, through their key role in the royal economy, as the dominant bankers of the age. This session will question this narrative, using evidence from England and Spain. How did Jews earn their living and invest their money and how important were they in the early development of credit and banking?
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Accessible to all, no prior knowledge required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Online lecture and interactive discussion. Reading material will be recommended but no required work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in Spanish, European and English history. Please see the City Lit website.
Mike has specialised in researching and teaching Spanish history for the past eight years, teaching at City Lit for the past two. His interest stems from a passion for history in general and Castile and Catalonia in particular, their language and culture, the fascinating role they have played in wider European history and the many lessons this study can teach us about the issues we face today. He earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge, specialising in the role of real estate in the economy of the medieval crown of Aragon and critiquing the idea of medieval Jews as predominantly financiers. He has a number of publications, most recently a book entitled 'A Stake in the Ground - Jews and Property Investment in the Medieval Crown of Aragon' (Brill, 2019). He actively researches and writes in the fields of Christian, Muslim and Jewish relations in medieval Spain, the causes and effects of the Inquisition and the demise of reigious tolerance.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.