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Cultural ExchangeJews, Christians, and Art in the Medieval Marketplace$
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Joseph Shatzmiller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156996

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156996.001.0001

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High Finance

High Finance

Urban and Princely Pledges

(p.45) Chapter Three High Finance
Cultural Exchange

Joseph Shatzmiller

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with moderate to high financial assistance that was required at times by well-to-do urban inhabitants and by members of the princely class; even members of royalty sometimes borrowed from Jewish moneylenders. Much more aesthetic value was present in the objects and was brought to the pawnbrokers' premises by the royal borrowers. It is not hard to imagine how Jews could have been enchanted by pledges offered by the very upper class of society. But the Jews eventually moved beyond a passive enjoyment of the arts and crafts of their surroundings. Some engaged in stylistic borrowing from the environment while others who could afford it asked Christians to produce liturgical objects that were in accordance with their religious laws and special sensitivities.

Keywords:   financial assistance, princely class, Jewish moneylenders, pawnbrokers, pledges, Christians, liturgical objects

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