ASSIZE OF JEWRY:
By: Joseph Jacobs
An expression used in the thirteenth century in England for the laws and customs regulating the relations between Jews and Christians in that country, and especially binding upon the decisions of the Exchequer of the Jews. Like most early English law, it was never officially compiled, being derived partly from written and partly from unwritten sources. The former consisted of church ordinances, and of agreements between the king and the Jews, formulated in specific charters. An attempt at reconstructing the Assize of Jewry for the twelfth century will be found in Jacobs, "Jews of Angevin England" (pp. 329-336). The assize for the thirteenth century has not yet been collected.