Transactions and Miscellanies of
The Jewish Historical Society of England

The Journal of the Jewish Historical Society of England, Jewish Historical Studies, is known to many as Transactions. Volumes 1 to 28 are under the title The Jewish Historical Society of England - Transactions, Volumes 29 to 43 are titled Jewish Historical Studies - Transactions of The Jewish Historical Society of England and from volume 44 (2012) the title will be Jewish Historical Studies: Including Transactions
of the Jewish Historical Society of England.
There are separate volumes of Miscellanies I-VI published in 1925, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1948, and 1962. From Volume 22 Miscellanies are contained within the Volumes.

From 2012 the Journal will be published annually, and is in the process of transition from an emphasis on papers presented to the Society's meetings to a consistently peer-reviewed format. The journal aims to serve as a leading forum for Anglo-Jewish historiography, as well as comparative and multi-site work that integrates English-speaking Jews in its approach. The journal will also publish contributions to Jewish history generally reflecting the interests and concerns of the parent body, the JHSE, as well as the Society's annual Presidential Address. Along with scholarly articles, the journal plans to include contributions that derive from presentations to the Society. Shorter pieces may be considered for a section under the rubric of "Research in the Field." We aspire to strike a balance between the Society's attention to local, distinctive aspects of Anglo-Jewish history, and academic work emerging in the field.

Articles can be submitted by e-mail attachment to, in Word, following the citation method of the Chicago Manual of Style, ed. 15. Article manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words. Submission for the "Research in the Field" section should not exceed 750 words. Please include your full address, including your preferred e-mail address, with your submission, and specify "Transactions" in the subject line. Hard copy should be sent to the Editor, c/o Jewish Historical Society of England, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AP.

Inaugural Editorial Board

Nathan Abrams, University of Wales-Bangor
Michael Berkowitz, University College London (General Editor)
Geoffrey Cantor, University College London
David Cesarani, Royal Holloway, University of London
Todd Endelman, University of Michigan
David Feldman, Birkbeck, University of London
Steven Fine, Yeshiva University
Malachi Hacohen, Duke University
Anne Kershen, Queen Mary, University of London
Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
Tony Kushner, University of Southampton
Philippa Levine, University of Texas
Ross McKibbin, Oxford University
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, EPHE, Paris
Miri Rubin, Queeen Mary College, London
David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania
Jeremy Schonfield, Leo Baeck College, London
Daniel Soyer, Fordham University
Susan Tananbaum, Bowdoin College
Bill Williams, University of Manchester

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Lists of the Portuguese Inquisition

Transcribed and indexed by Joy L. Oakley
Volume I Lisbon 1540-1778 & Volume II Evora 1542-1763; Goa 1650-1653
From Delices de L'Espagne et du Portugal (1707) by Don Juan Alvares de Colmenar

The Register of Inquisition lists assembled in 1784 and entitled A Collecção das Noticias was once in the Library of the Dukes of Palmela and is now in the Jewish Theological Seminary Library in New York, who have kindly agreed to its publication.  The great majority of persons sentenced by the Inquisition were New Christians - descendants of the Jews of Portugal baptized in 1497, by order of Manoel I. This book gives an unrivalled picture of the whole range of the Inquisition's activities and is a primary source of the first importance for Jewish, Portuguese and Brazilian history and genealogy.

The lists of the sixteenth century Autos da Fé give the numbers of persons sentenced by the Inquisition and the proportion of males and female, but only give the names of those who were burnt at the stake. However, for the much larger number of cases in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the name of each person is given, together with their nickname, parentage, occupation, place of origin alleged offence and sentence. Indices of names, nicknames, occupations and places guide the reader to this data. The Portuguese text of the original register is reproduced together with an Introduction and Foreword in English.

Plea Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews

Preserved in the National Archives, Kew. Volume VI
Edited by Paul Brand MA, D.Phil., FBA

The Plantagenet Kings of England derived a considerable income by licensing Jewish moneylenders and taxing them and their debtors heavily. The 'Exchequer of the Jews' Westminster administered that part of the Crown estate in accordance with its own rules. Their records are surprisingly complete and their study reveals much about medieval English administrative and judicial procedure.

This volume opens with a long and detailed Introduction by Dr Paul Brand, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, explaining the location, staffing and activities of the 'Exchequer of the Jews'. It includes detailed biographies of the 'Justices of the Jews', who controlled it under Edward I. There follow the Latin texts of the Plea Rolls or Memorandum Rolls, from 1282, and comprehensive indices of names, places and subjects. From these the reader can trace additional information about the business activities of medieval English Jews in the period shortly before the expulsion.