Thursday, 5 May 2016

[#22.1] Bibliography of British and Irish History, available online at accessed on 5 May 2016.*

Academic Entry

This database provides the references to c.450 pieces of literature relating to the history of medieval Anglo-Jewry and is a relatively comprehensive survey of the literature produced on the subject.

General Entry

As the eagle eyed among you will notice, I have already reviewed the BBIH [#22] but I feel that I did a grave disservice to that wonderful site as a result of my technological incompetence (I am grateful to Sara Charles for advising me of a much more fruitful way of using it). Originally, I just did a basic search for ‘medieval Jews’ which yielded a mere 168 results, however, if you do an advanced search for ‘Jews’ and set the dates to ‘0-1500’ you receive 447 results which is much more  representative of the body of literature on the subject of medieval Anglo-Jewry. Thus, my previous statements about the BBIH’s selection of medieval Anglo-Jewish references should be treated as erroneous and I am happy (even glad) to issue the revision that the selection of medieval Anglo-Jewish references measures up to the impeccable standards which are evident in other, mainstream, topics of historical academia. Indeed, in terms of publications I could only detect a handful of (specialised) omissions, which when I get more time, might turn out to be present, although there are a number of PhD and MA dissertations which are not referenced, but given that these are not published this is hardly surprising – especially given that some of them are not widely known. (I did wonder if these resources would be included at all but given that Lauren Fogle’s PhD and MA dissertations on the Domus Conversorum are both listed, I can only assume that they should be). Therefore, if it’s references that you’re looking for then I highly recommend this resource – it certainly would have made life much easier for me when I was beginning to read more widely on the subject, chasing references in specialised publications rather than using this bibliographic database as my starting point.


  1. A belated clarification on the question of unpublished dissertations: these are currently included only if they relate to London, which is why Lauren Fogle's dissertations are included, but many others are not! This inconsistency results from constructing the bibliography's retrospective coverage by digitising and merging various existing bibliographies. We are, however, planning to start including recently completed theses on British and Irish history on a systematic basis.

    1. Thanks for the clarification (belated or otherwise), I was baffled by the Fogle inclusion (not that it isn't worthy of inclusion). I'm sure that the addition of PhD's will elevate a splendid resource even higher!