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or to win the trust of the king’ than proven military prowess.135 Walter’s recall was immediately preceded by a muster of forces for the defence of England against French invasion that spring, and a crushingly successful seaborne assault against King Philip’s fleet at Damme (West-­Vlaanderen) on 30 May 1213.136 With the French navy more than decimated, King John moved to press home his advantage. Shortly after Lacy’s recall, John dispatched William, earl of Salisbury, with money and reinforcements to support the count of Flanders against King Philip’s army in the

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some pause for thought to consider that within the scholarly circles that produced Bern 363 the adventus Saxonum could be thought of in terms of the navies of the ancient Mediterranean rather than of navies in the sub-Roman North Sea. 85 In this light, it is perhaps not surprising that the author of the Bern Bede displayed little understanding of the distant Saxon past. His account of Hengist and Horsa’s ancestry

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Jews in Portsmouth during the long eighteenth century

the work of social geography, it has been suggested that ‘place is a negotiated reality, a social construction by a purposeful set of actors. But the relationship is mutual, for places in turn develop and reinforce the identity of the social group that claims them’. 10 Just as the memory of early Winchester as capital of Wessex was utilised in the (racial) construction of Englishness and the British Empire, so the later history of Portsmouth, as home of the navy, was employed for a wider purpose. As Ken Lunn and Ann Day have argued, although neglected in academic

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Locality, brotherhood and the nature of tolerance

in the success of this enterprise, providing the foundation for Ezekiel’s brother, Emanuel, to build his subsequent career in local politics. Emanuel became a prominent jeweller in Portsmouth with a sister business in London. His prominence and respectability, contrasting to his Jewish trading predecessors in the port, was reflected in his status as silversmith to Queen Victoria and to the Royal Navy. 23 Emanuel Emanuel was born in London’s West End in 1807 and, aged eleven, he moved with his father and brother to Portsmouth. His death in

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Hidden narratives of Jewish settlement and movement in the inter-war years

traders excelled. Most Jews lived within easy walking distance of the synagogue and were served with Jewish food and other shops within the area’. The economic foundation of this community was undermined when the navy ‘develop[ed] its own central sources of supply’ and in 1936 the synagogue moved to Southsea. 86 The area was redeveloped after 1945, leaving few remnants of its Jewish past. Thereafter an amnesia in the world of Portsmouth’s official heritage has developed over the town’s past Jewish visibility in Charlotte Street and Queen Street, mirroring that in

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ancestry. It may have failed to produce an easily recognisable type, but it stands at the very heart and centre of what Mr Baldwin has called “essential Englishry”’. 36 Stevens argued that its past experience meant that ‘It was not to be expected that Hampshire men could conform to type in the sense that the Cornish man and the Welshman does.’ Instead, the ‘spirit of Hampshire’, built on the ‘foundation stone’ laid by King Alfred, enabled a successful later ‘cosmopolitianism’ [ sic ]. Thus newcomers, including those entering the army, navy and merchant fleet, ‘in due

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Transmigrancy, memory and local identities

English Gateway (1951), locally commissioned by the council to commemorate the town’s efforts during the Second World War, the Spitfire’s role is both God-given and described as being part of a seamless garment of quintessential Britishness. In the dark days of 1940 as every Englishman realized, the time had now come when that particular responsibility must be borne in part by the little Southampton-built fighter-plane. Because of this, the Spitfire , like the Navy, touched ‘mystic chords in the English breast that went deeper than reason

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