12th century Clifford's Tower (York Castle), York, York

12th century Clifford's Tower (York Castle), York, York
Photograph taken 1997 © Peter Dunn. Source Historic England Archive Photo Library ref: J970194

A reconstruction drawing showing the burning of the wooden tower during the massacre of the Jews on the 16th March 1190. During a period of anti-semitic riots the Jews of York took refuge in keep. Rather than surrender to mob outside many chose to commit suicide, the mob then burnt down the wooden keep with the Jews inside.

Location

York York

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

reconstruction drawing tower fire castle motte bailey defence people religion faith jewish death medieval (1066 - 1484) english heritage