Chestertown, MD, February 14, 2002 — The Conrad M. Wingate Lecture Series and the Washington College History Department present "EXPULSION AND EXILE: FRENCH JEWS IN THE EARLY 14th CENTURY," a lecture by William Chester Jordan, Professor of History at Princeton University, on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 4:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge.
Professor Jordan's talk will "open the books" on the tragic history and persecution of European Jews in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries when the Christian monarchs of England and France, amidst the rising religious fervor of the Crusades, abandoned their traditional roles as protectors of the Jews and expelled them from their lands.
Professor Jordan received his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University and now directs its Program in Medieval Studies. He was elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 1997. In 2000 the Medieval Academy of America awarded him the Haskins Medal, the highest award given to a medievalist, in recognition of his scholarship and service to the field. He is the author of several books, including "The French Monarchy and the Jews from Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians" (1989). His most recent work, "Europe in the High Middle Ages" (2001), is a new title in the Penguin History of Europe series. He was also editor-in-chief of the four-volume "Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students" (1996) designed for middle school students and of the one-volume "Middle Ages" (2000) intended for eight to 10-year olds. He directed the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies from 1994 to 1999.
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