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Venetian Usury
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0350  Tuesday, 22 February 2005

[1]     From:   Peter Bridgman <
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        Date:   Monday, 21 Feb 2005 16:24:09 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0339 Venetian Usury

[2]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Monday, 21 Feb 2005 09:02:29 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0339 Venetian Usury


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From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Monday, 21 Feb 2005 16:24:09 -0000
Subject: 16.0339 Venetian Usury
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0339 Venetian Usury

HR Greenberg writes ...

 >I've learned that usury was practiced by Christians in Shakespeare's
 >England.

Were they Calvinists, i.e. Presbyterians?  The reason I ask is that both
Luther and Zwingli followed Rome in condemning all lending with
interest. Only Calvin permitted usury, and then only if the borrower was
rich.

Peter Bridgman

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Monday, 21 Feb 2005 09:02:29 -0800
Subject: 16.0339 Venetian Usury
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0339 Venetian Usury

 >I've learned that usury was practiced by Christians in Shakespeare's
 >England. Question: is it known whether usury was practiced by Christians
 >in Venice at Shakespeare's time.

I would suggest you investigate the Christian banks and the 'fondi,'
these institutions were notorious money-lenders.' They would
circumnavigate the 'usury' question by providing a 'service' (much like
modern banks!). Also they would make loans to Jewish money lenders as a
front.

Colin Cox

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