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Disputes between Christian clerics and Jews in this period were supposedly encouraged by William Rufus (1087-1100).

In 1130, the Jews were fined 2,000 pounds on the charge that a Jew had killed a sick man.

During Passover, the Jews were accused of torturing a Christian child named William, using his blood for the Passover Seder, and eventually killing and burying him.

Christians attacked Jewish settlements in retaliation. Despite Pope Innocent IVs protests about the ridiculousness of these allegations, the image of a murderous Jew out to hurt Christians developed in the public mind.

Even though Jews comprised less that 0.25% of the English population, they provided 8% of the total income of the royal treasury.

Despite the Jews financial contribution, the pro-Christian ideology of the Crusade resulted in rioting in England and some Jewish businesses in London were burned.

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