Court Jews
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Jewish merchants and lenders, who stood in a continuity-based service relationship with a court-structured center of power, were designated as court agents or Court Jews; for this they were generally granted privileges, prerogatives, and titles. Since the Middle Ages, there were Jewish functionaries for Christian rulers and their power centers in Central E…

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Ries, Rotraud, “Court Jews”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 18 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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