Wednesday, 9 November 2016

(Jewish) OTD: 9 November


Today, we’re back to an acknowledgement of debt. This is one of three acknowledgements contained in the Westminster Abbey Muniments Room which was made to Isaac son of Samuel of York. I haven’t had a chance to trace Isaac as yet. There are a couple of obvious candidates for the father of Isaac – Samuel son of Aaron of York and Samuel son of Leo l’Eveske – but if either are probable (Samuel was a popular name at this point). The acknowledgement in question was made by John of Merton, a robe trimmer, for the sum of 60s (£3). Although this may seem like a small sum, when compared with some of the amounts that have appeared in the OTD feature previously, in reality, it was a fairly standard sized loan from the period – it was relatively common for loans to be for a specified sum of less than £5. This transaction was also standard in terms of its duration. That is, it was for a specified period of just under five months, with the average acknowledgements being for between one and six months.

Medieval Jewish Documents in Wesminster Abbey, ed. Ann Causton (London, 2007), no. 176: WAM 9044.

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