King Richard I's anti-semitic coronation

King Richard I's anti-semitic coronation
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  • 1189 - Richard of Aquitaine leads a procession of bishops and nobles to the coronation at Westminster Abbey
  • The ceremony was accompanied by many 'bad omens' such as a bat fluttering thorug the abbey. 
  • A bat!
  • Richard was then crowned King of England and took many oaths to protect the kingdom
  • At this point, members of the Jewish Community appeared at the coronation to bring gifts to the new king; even after being barred from the ceremony 
  • You're not supposed to be here!
  • These few Jews, were thrown out, stripped and beaten by the King's men
  • Please stop, I only wanted to bless the new king
  •  This caused mass riots as citizens seized an opportunity to persecute the whole Jewish community living in London. Many Jews died during the ensuing violence  
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