Quadis S Speech

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 63
  • Published : February 9, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
In Elizabethan Europe, Jews were seen as the lowest class of society, and were discriminated against to extreme degrees. Around the 1000s Jews lived in Europe amongst everyone else,and did not live in ghettos. A Jew was often wealthy, and many became money lenders in their societies. Because of their jobs, they often had to be their own debt collectors as well. This led to much resentment against them, and the views on Jews were starting to turn negative. As time went on, these views became more religious. As it is stated by Jami Rogers, "In the late 12th century, preparation for the Third Crusade brought a heightened level of anti-Jewish sentiment. Anti-Semitic violence culminated in two massacres, one at the coronation of Richard I in 1189, when 30 Jews were killed, and the other in 1190 in the city of York, when 150 Jews were massacred." (Rogers 2) The resentment of activity by a small concentrated amount of Jews began to spread to the religious group as a whole as the Third Crusade approached. Jews were also extradited from society together, much like black people in early America. Jews were seen as inferior to other religions, mainly Christians. They were even seen as less than human to an extent. Jews were regularly insulted, mistreated, and all around hated all because of there religion. This anti-Jew nature brought about many laws against them, such as if a man in debt dies, his family does not have to pay off the Jew. This and many other laws were forged in order to lessen the Jew's power in society. As Mr. Stirling says;"It is clear that the Jews were persecuted, demonized, and murdered in England up until the expulsion of 1290. That persecution was based on both religious grounds and upon the position that the Jews held in the financial structure of the society."(Stirling 1) Jews were also extradited from society together, much like black people in early America. Jews were seen as inferior to other religions, mainly Christians. They were even seen as...
tracking img