Licoricia, her son, and other Jewish stories at the Tower of London

Did you know that Jewish money paid for Traitors’ Gate?

Rory MacLellan

The most significant standing remains of the Jewish history of medieval England is not a synagogue but a castle: the Tower of London. From 1189 to 1290, hundreds of Jews entered the Tower as prisoners, refugees, or workers, including Licoricia of Winchester and her son Benedict. At the same time, Jewish tax money funded the castle’s expansion, including the infamous Traitors’ Gate. This lecture will reveal some of these stories of imprisonment, sanctuary, persecution and even cooperation, when Jews and Christians fought together to defend the Tower from siege.

Rory MacLellan is a historian specialising in medieval religious history, particularly the crusades and the Anglo-Jewry. He was awarded his PhD in Medieval History by the University of St Andrews and recently completed a research project on the Tower of London’s Jewish history for Historic Royal Palaces.

Thursday 30 June 2022, 19:00

Lecture via Zoom 

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