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Sequestration: Then and How

Edward, the future King of England, raids the safe deposit boxes of the New Temple in London of £10,000 ($14,621,100 in current dollars, at minimum). This is known as "sequestration" where certain monies of unfavored people are set aside. The KNIGHTS TEMPLAR run New Temple so it is considered a safe and HOLY place to store valuables for people of ANY class...uh...right... [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
This isn't as bad as it looks. It's worse. No place is safe from the government when it wants your stuff, and the government of King Henry III is being choked off from it's tax revenues by the Barons so he's doing everything he can (by hook or crook) to get his money.

King Opens a Chain of Pawnshops

The Magdeburg Laws (German law protecting city merchants) are spreading across Europe. The upshot is that BY LAW, Jews are not subject to it's restrictions! Since the Jews are under the protection of the King, this has the effect of allowing Jews to accept STOLEN PROPERTY BY LAW! Since the King taxes the Jews directly, "fencing goods" works out well for the King, but the Jews have little choice. [3]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Jews, oddly enough, become the property of the kings throughout Europe, placing them in a very interesting position vis-a-vis the local community leaders (barons, lords of the manor, etc). The King often depended on the direct taxation of the Jews rather than depending on the various Barons and Sheriffs to collect the taxes and somehow deliver it safe to the King. But direct taxation and/or confiscation of Jewish property provided an incentive to treat the Jews as a secondary income source for the King.

In Jew vs Jew Grudge Match.. the Jews win!

Pablo Christiani, a Jewish Christian convert, debates the famous Rabbi Moses ben Nachman (Nachmanides) on which religion is best. King James of Aragon (Spain) is so impressed that he awards the Rabbi 300 maravedis, the equivalent of $11,829 dollars (as of Dec 5, 2013). A couple of years later Pope Clement IV has the rabbi exiled and his pamphlets on the debate burned. [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
This is a famous event in Jewish history and I would be slapped in the head if I didn't include it. To be fair, Pablo Christiani was not the best representative for the Christian side and winning the debate did nothing for the Jews. Entire Jewish communities will be wiped off the face of the Earth during this period.

There is a great Jewish joke about this debate but whatever you do, DON'T FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW. It is only funny to Jews like me.

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References

  1. "The Financial Relations of the Knights Templars to the English Crown" by Elanor Ferris, 1902, pp. 1-2.
  2. Measuring Worth - Measures of worth, inflation rates, saving calculator, relative value, worth of a dollar, worth of a British pound, purchasing power, gold prices, GDP, history of wages...
  3. Jewish Encyclopedia: Magdeburg Law (Magdeburg Rights)
  4. Jewish History (1260-1269) (Note: I know this debate occurred but I cannot vouch for every detail at this site.)
  5. "Pope vs. Jews", This link goes to a religious joke, so use caution. If you can't stand the heat, stop setting your head on fire.

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