Rigg, J.M., Editor. Select Pleas, Starrs, and Other Records from the Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, A.D. 1220-1284. Selden Society Volume 15 for the Year 1901. London: Bernard Quaritch, 1902. Quarto. lxi, 167 pp. Includes the Publications and Rules of the Selden Society, and List of Members throughout the world at the time of publication. Latin text with English translations on facing pages. Publisher's dark navy starched buckram, very light wear, interior clean. Deckle page edges with many pages uncut. Very good. $125. * First edition. These Rolls illustrate a department of the history of English law which has been very dark. The Justiciarii Judaeorum, who had the status of Barons of the Exchequer, exercised jurisdiction in all affairs between Jews or the Jewish community on the one hand and the Crown or Christians on the other; namely, in all accounts of the revenue, in some criminal matters, in pleas upon contracts and tallages, fines, and forfeitures. This involved a complete registry of deeds or 'starrs.' The Rolls constitute a striking history of English Jewry for 70 years before their expulsion under Edward I. This volume was published in co-operation with the Jewish Historical Society of England.
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