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William [St William of Norwich]locked

(1132/3–1144)
  • Haidee J. Lorrey

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William [St William of Norwich] (1132/3–1144), supposed victim of ritual murder, known as the 'saint and martyr of Norwich', was supposedly the first victim of ritual murder by Jews to occur in England, and indeed in Europe. The accusation levelled against the Jews, the so-called ‘blood libel’, grew out of a popular superstition that they preyed on children, especially at the time of passover. The curious and highly questionable tale of ...

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