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The Magna Carta was the result of a standoff between King John of England and his barons in 12th century England. The special status of the Jewish community as property of the king was a factor in the tensions that led to the standoff, and is reflected in the charter itself.

The Magna Carta and the Jews

The Magna Carta and the Jews

How the complex legal status of the Jews of England shaped the Magna Carta

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The Magna Carta and the Jews: How the complex legal status of the Jews of England shaped the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta was the result of a standoff between King John of England and his barons in 12th century England. The special status of the Jewish community as property of the king was a factor in the tensions that led to the standoff, and is reflected in the charter itself.
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Hugh Doherty is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, and a member of The Magna Carta Project research team. He has taught at King’s College, London, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his PhD.
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