The whole channel is pretty good if you're interested in medieval life
I feel almost robbed of context.
Here's a link to the actual map: https://www.themappamundi.co.uk/mappa-mundi/
So I see your link, and I raise you this link to just a normal JPG:
I didn't even open the BBC article in the first place but only the HN discussion. The bbc.com domain has joined my list of websites that are not worth visiting. Basically junk.
Second, thanks for the link to the map! Maybe I missed it for the aforementioned issues, but I rather expected an article about a map to contain the actual map.
Apart from that, at the time of the map various parts of Europe had explicit legal restrictions on jews and what trades they could engage in.
The average person in 13th century England barely had anything to their name, let alone debt. It would be the lords and tenants who took out massive debts, blamed the Jewish people for daring to lend money or charge interest, and blamed them for society's ills.
Just because there is historical evidence of people justifying racism doesn't mean we should! This is a laughably uncritical perspective.
If anything, you are proving the link between Marxist theory (accumulation of wealth is inherently evil) and antisemitism.
Another instance of retroactively applying terms that didn't apply back then. The misery among the dilapidated populace was very real and the rulers of the time acted accordingly, right or wrong.
>doesn't mean we should
Nor was I implying so. I am simply providing evidence that the terminology used in the BBC article is inappropriate in that context.
>(accumulation of wealth is inherently evil)
If you can read French I highly recommend you check out the first two references I cited. They are available on archive.org. It doesn't make the case that accumulated wealth is evil, it emphasizes how the liberal use of debt was severely affecting large swath of the population to the benefit of a small merchant class until it had to be restricted. I was hoping people on HN would be able to grasp complex economical issues without immediately waving the scarecrow of racism.
I could pull up any number of sources from people making charitable cases for slavery or Jim Crow laws, that the original authors were not actually racist but simply protecting society. But taking racists at their word that their motive is pure or free of ignorance is in its own way ignorant. And just because they did not have adequate words to describe their misdeeds does not forgive them for it.
To reply to your original post, medieval Europe was very-very antisemitic. This is not a debate about "complex economical issues". The idea that this refugee class had a "stranglehold" is simply not supported. Especially laughable to think that their "strangehold" was worse than the feudal lords of the day!
Jewish people were expelled from England. Full stop. If you can't agree that this was an antisemitic act (they didn't kick out merchants, or just the ultra-rich, or break up the feudal lords), I would implore you to rethink how you approach history.
Note this one: "Eschew flamebait. Don't introduce flamewar topics unless you have something genuinely new to say. Avoid unrelated controversies and generic tangents."
Note that drawing horns on Moses would almost certainly constitute heresy. Moses is at least somewhat a holy figure from the Bible; drawing horns on Moses is just a step or two away from drawing horns on Jesus.