William of Norwich

(d. 1144)
   The first English victim of a ritual murder charge. The body of William, a young skinner’s apprentice, was found in a wood on Easter Saturday. It was uncertain how he had died, but a rumour spread that the boy had been lured into a Jewish house during Passover and there crucified in mockery of the passion of Jesus. The body was buried in the cathedral and miracles were attributed to it. The Jews living in the town were protected by the sheriff, and they took refuge in the castle. A Jewish apostate, Brother Theobold, later claimed that he could give witness to the ritual murder, and that an assembly of Jewish rabbis and elders met each year at Narbonne in France to decide on the next place for a human sacrifice. This absurd story contained two sinister elements which had a tragic development in anti-Jewish propaganda - the claim that the Jews were bound to kill a Christian boy at Passover, and the assertion that an assembly of ‘Elders of Zion’ met periodically to plot the overthrow of the Christian world.

Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament. . 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • William von Norwich — (* 1132; † 22. März 1144 in Norwich, England) war das angebliche Opfer eines jüdischen Ritualmordes. Mit den Ereignissen um seinen Tod begann die Ausgestaltung der Ritualmordlegende im mittelalterlichen Europa. Nachdem die Leiche des… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • William of Norwich — Saint William of Norwich (1132? 22 March 1144) was an English boy whose violent death was falsely attributed to the entire Jewish community of Norwich. Although it was alleged that there had been other similar cases of ritual murder by Jews… …   Wikipedia

  • William of Norwich, Saint — • William s corpse was found showing signs of a violent death. He is the earliest example of a medieval blood libel saint, having died in 1144. His biographer relied on hearsay, and was a man of unlimited credulity. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • St. William of Norwich —     St. William of Norwich     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► St. William of Norwich     Born 1132; died 22 March, 1144. On Holy Saturday, 25 March, 1144, a boy s corpse showing signs of a violent death was found in Thorpe Wood near Norwich. It was… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Norwich Castle — Norwich, Norfolk Norwich Castle s keep …   Wikipedia

  • Norwich — Kathedrale …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • NORWICH — NORWICH, county town of Norfolk, E. England. The medieval Jewish community is first mentioned in 1144, when the discovery of the body of a boy, William of Norwich, in a wood near the town gave rise to the first recorded blood libel in Europe.… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • William — may refer to:*William (name), a masculine given nameRoyaltyBritish*William I of England (1027 1087), a.k.a. William the Conqueror, William the Bastard *William II of England (1056 1100), a.k.a. William Rufus *William I of Scotland (c. 1142 1214) …   Wikipedia

  • William — ist normannischen Ursprungs und die englische Form des männlichen Vornamens Wilhelm. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 William als Vorname 1.1 Namensträger 1.2 Künstlername 1.3 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Norwich — For other places with the same name, see Norwich (disambiguation). City of Norwich Norwich city centre …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.