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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263242

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.001.0001

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

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

Italian Lecture

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(p.19) Charity and Usury: Jewish and Christian Lending in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 125, 2003 Lectures
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Brian Pullan

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263242.003.0002

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

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