In Leicester, as in England more generally, much of the detailed history of medieval Jewry can only be traced through the affairs of those wealthier members of the community who were active as moneylenders, and whose dealings from time to time attracted the interest of the financial and legal arms of the state. The record is clearly incomplete and unbalanced, but these scattered insights into the lives of the affluent minority do at least give us some sense of a Jewish presence in particular places at particular times…

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