I have been listening to The History of English podcast, and it’s very strange for me to listen to a history podcast that’s still going. Usually I will binge a series once it’s done. Anyway, it has got to Edward I. The podcast hasn’t got there yet, but pretty soon, he is going to ban Jewish people from England.
As I was listening to this, I walked by Seattle Shakespeare. I see that The Merchant of Venice is coming up. It. Made me realize that the vast majority of people who the play was written for had never met anyone Jewish. It had been over 300 years, and yet the stereotypes were popularly understood.