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The Resource Shylock reconsidered : Jews, moneylending, and medieval society, Joseph Shatzmiller

Shylock reconsidered : Jews, moneylending, and medieval society, Joseph Shatzmiller

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Shylock reconsidered : Jews, moneylending, and medieval society
Title
Shylock reconsidered
Title remainder
Jews, moneylending, and medieval society
Statement of responsibility
Joseph Shatzmiller
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Moneylending provided the major source of livelihood for the Jewish communities of medieval Christian Europe, particularly in the centuries following the First Crusade. Even after Jews were expelled from England and most regions of Western Europe, the Jewish moneylender, usually imagined, like Shakespeare's Shylock, as an avaricious and editor, remained a potent inhabitant of the European mind. This well-documented volume challenges this negative image by examining evidence from the archives of Marseille of a fourteenth-century lawsuit involving Bondavid Draguignan, a Jewish moneylender accused by a Christian debtor of making a fraudulent claim. Shatzmiller uses this court action as the basis for his discussion of the general issues of medieval moneylending, usury, indebtedness, and Jewish-Christian relations. The study of the documents lead us to cast aside the perception of an unbroken history of hatred and misunderstanding between Jews and Christians, and to acknowledge the existence of friendship, consideration, magnanimity and mutual recognition instead. He also explores the medieval ambivalence towards matters of usury as evidenced through Christian opposition of such gain in spite of the need for a credit system, and the welcome profits gained by the Crown from the activity of Jewish money lenders. Additionally Jews were never the only moneylenders in the Middle Ages, nor were they predominant. Shatzmiller describes the Jewish category of ma'arifiya, or preferred customers, with whom a Jew had an established business relationship and whose custom the Jew cultivated by providing special services, such as postponement of repayment, remittance of part of the owed interest, or not asking security for a loan
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contains biographical information
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Shatzmiller, Joseph
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Debtor and creditor
  • Jewish bankers
  • Usury laws
  • Jews
  • Shylock
  • Bondavid
  • Marseille (France)
Label
Shylock reconsidered : Jews, moneylending, and medieval society, Joseph Shatzmiller
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20012237
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 255 pages
Isbn
9780520066359
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89004970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1262326
Label
Shylock reconsidered : Jews, moneylending, and medieval society, Joseph Shatzmiller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-247) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
20012237
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 255 pages
Isbn
9780520066359
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
89004970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1262326

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