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Charity and Usury: Jewish and Christian Lending in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

Brian Pullan

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780197263242
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734014 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0002

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Charity and Usury: Jewish and Christian Lending in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy

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This lecture discusses some of the bitter controversies that arose over the interest levied by many of the Monti. It looks at the efforts that some of them made to avoid any charges at all, and lists the many reasons why Jewish banks survived along with the Monti de Pietà. The author uses the conflict between Shylock and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice to begin the chapter. This conflict may symbolise a rivalry between the Jewish and Christian institutions that was still in progress in Shakespeare's day.

Keywords: controversies; Jewish banks; Monti de Pietà; Merchant of Venice; rivalry

Chapter.  10565 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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