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ISBN: 9780857042224
AUTHOR: Keith Pearce
The Jews of Cornwall
The Jews of Cornwall
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Cornwall was the first of the Celtic regions of Britain and Ireland to be annexed by the English, and so the first to lose its native language. The linguistic and cultural confusion which resulted from the death of Cornish led to unsubstantiated but persistent traditions that Phoenicians, Saracens and Jews had been present in Cornwall from ancient times and that Jews had controlled and operated the tin industry in medieval times.

In this substantial and meticulously researched book, the author applies a critical and penetrating analysis to the place of Jews in Cornish folklore, and also distinguishes the Cornish Jews from the indigenous Cornish Gentiles who adopted Hebrew names, but who are not known to have been of Jewish descent.

In the main body of the text, the identities, occupations and commercial contribution of those Jews who lived in Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries and who settled in Cornwall’s southern ports of Falmouth, Penzance and Truro, as well as in Redruth and St. Austell, are presented in remarkable detail. There are comprehensive family trees, biographies, information from public records, membership of civic organisations, such as Freemasonry, and complete translations of Hebrew headstones, which should be of great value to those tracing their own family history.

All of the Rabbis known to have served in Falmouth and Penzance have also been identified, some, like Rabbi B. A. Simmons, living in the County for fifty years, and the religious life of the congregations and their struggle to survive is also given extensive coverage.

With many original illustrations, this book represents a major contribution by the author to Cornish and Anglo-Jewish history, representing some thirty years of study and research.

Keith Pearce was born in Camborne, Cornwall in 1949. Generations of his family on both sides have been closely associated with Methodism. From an early age he developed an interest in Biblical History, and later in Judaism. He was educated at Redruth Grammar School, and then studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and Exeter College, Oxford. He has lived in Yorkshire, and returned to Cornwall in 1974. He taught Religious Studies, including Jewish Studies, Politics and Law to Sixth Form Students in Penzance until his retirement.

He has been the custodian of the Penzance Jewish Cemetery since 1998, and is an honorary member of Kehillat Kernow.

David Giddings studied at Downing College, Cambridge and taught History to Sixth Form Students in Penzance for many years. He also has an interest in Cornish Archaeology.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 222 4, hardback, 234x156mm, 688 pages. Published May 2014.

Jews in North DevonJews in North Devon - £19.99

After the outbreak of war it was the remote seaside towns of Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe in North Devon that eventually became home to more than 3000 Jews. This fascionating work by Helen Fry is their story. Winner of Devon History Society Book of the Year for 2006.

The Jews of ExeterThe Jews of Exeter - £24.99
The Jews of Exeter is the first fully illustrated history on this subject. Over a period of two and a half centuries the Jews of Exeter have contributed significantly to the wider Devon and Exeter community, including aspects of commerce, business, the arts, politics and civic life. This book by Helen Fry highlights the importance of preserving this unique history and heritage for posterity.
Web Price: £29.99
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