A SERIES of lectures at the cathedral will highlight the role of Licoricia of Winchester, commemorated by a new statue on Jewry Street.

Prince Charles last month visited the new statue on Jewry Street to the medieval woman, a financier to monarchs before she was murdered.

The first lecture was on Tuesday May 3 when William and Maggie Carver spoke about the largely private fundraising appeal which raised the money for the statue.

Mrs and Mrs Carver who live in Winchester will speak about the Licoricia charity's plans for the future. They also organise the annual Winchester’s Mitzvah day.

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The other lectures are:

Thursday May 19, 7pm: ‘God’s Everlasting Word: Christian-Jewish Relations Today’

Speaker: Bishop of Litchfield, Rt Rev Dr Michael Ipgrave.

Location: Winchester Cathedral.

From seven centuries ago, Licoricia of Winchester is a reminder of our need to respect and celebrate one another in our diverse society. This lecture will set out the challenges and opportunities for Christians in relating to Jewish people today, drawing on the recent Church of England report, “God’s Unfailing Word: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Christian-Jewish Relations”.

Monday May 30, 6pm (light refreshments from 5:30pm) : ‘The Role of Money in Medieval Christian-Jewish Relations’

Speaker: Anna Abulafia

The Role of Money in medieval Christian-Jewish Relations’ examines how Christian anti-Jewish stereotypes evolved in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries through the combination of Christian theological ideas about Judaism with the demands of a developing profit economy from the 1150s. I hope to show that deeper understanding of these economically, inspired stereotypes can help us recognise some aspects of modern-day anti-Semitism.

Location: The Stripe, University of Winchester.

Thursday June 30, 7pm : ‘Licoricia, her son, and other Jewish stories at the Tower of London’

Speaker: Rory MacLellan

The most significant standing remains of the Jewish history of medieval England is not a synagogue but a castle: the Tower of London. From 1189 to 1290, hundreds of Jews entered the Tower as prisoners, refugees, or workers, including Licoricia of Winchester and her son Benedict. At the same time, Jewish tax money funded the castle’s expansion, including the infamous Traitors’ Gate. This lecture will reveal some of these stories of imprisonment, sanctuary, persecution and even cooperation, when Jews and Christians fought together to defend the Tower from siege.


Hampshire Chronicle: Unveiling of the Statue of Licoricia by Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, photo: Stuart Martin

The statue on Jewry Street, close to her home



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