Friday, 25 November 2016

(Jewish) OTD: 25 November


We’ve already met Benedict, son of Licoricia, of Winchester in this OTD feature. Today, in an entry from the Close Rolls, we meet him again in the capacity of a moneylender. More specifically, this is an order concerning the debts of Peter of Falaise to Benedict. The order, addressed (as was customary) to the justices of the Jews, stipulated that the king wished to “aid” Peter, by the extension of Peter’s lands and the provision of reasonable terms of repayment. Moreover, the order ensured that Peter would keep his “chief messuage and a moiety of his lands”. This was a most favourable outcome for Peter, who could very well have lost all of his lands or had the debt sold to a Christian who could then have seized them for themselves.

Calendar of the Close Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office: Edward I, 1272-1279, ed. H. C. Maxwell-Lyte (London, 1900), p. 321.

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