Medieval anti-Judaism

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During the medieval period Jews were banned from many activities. They were also banned from building synagogues.
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During the medieval period various laws were introduced to isolate and persecute Jews. For example Jews were banned from owning land and also barred from many normal ways of earning a living.

Having been banned from carrying on the usual trades, Jews were used as moneylenders and tax collectors by the rulers. This added to their unpopularity.

From 1215 in many parts of Europe Jews were forced to wear a badge or a hat to mark them out as different.

In 1290 the Jews were expelled from England. Gradually Jews were banished from Western Europe and began move towards Eastern Europe and to the world of Islam (Turkey).

This section will discuss the various events anti-Jewish events during the medieval period in order help you understand how anti-Judaism developed.