Event Date: 3 March 2016
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX
The 2016 Hayes-Robinson Lecture
Professor William C Jordan (Princeton) – The Jews and the First Crusade: Conversion and Martyrdom
This lecture will focus on the traumatic events of 1096 as the armies of the First Crusade inflicted a series of devastating attacks on the Jewish communities of the Rhineland. The lecture will outline the background to the First Crusade and narrate a few of the major episodes so as to prepare the audience for the story. It will concentrate on what has been and can be learned from the Hebrew and Latin sources for the Jews’ responses. It will end by discussing the profound effect of these assaults on various facets of Jewish life in the long term, in part drawing on the rich literature on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Introduction by Professor Paul Layzell (Principal, RHUL):
Vote of Thanks By Professor Jonathan Phillips (RHUL):