Into the Light

Edited by Keiron Pim and Translated by Ellman Crasnow and Bente Elsworth, published by Norwich UNESCO City of Literature

All profits from the sale of Into the Light: The Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich will go to the Norwich City of Refuge programme which supports writers denied freedom of speech in their own country.

Meir ben Elijah is England’s only medieval Hebrew poet. We assume that Meir’s poems were written in the second half of the 13th century, at the time of the expulsions of 1290, but it is not known what happened to them over the following 650 years. His writing demonstrates a profound love of God and a strong belief that God would not abandon his people. The poems are also inspired by a deeply felt compassion for his fellow Jews and the need to instill hope as they verged on despair.

Seven hundred years later, his voice is heard and Meir of Norwich – ‘the one who brings light’ – is returned at last to the home where he belongs.

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