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Meshullam of Volterra
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Meshullam  ben Menahem (Emanuele) da Volterra (Buonaventura) was born sometime before 1443 and died after 1507. A scion of a wealthy Tuscan Jewish family, he lived in Volterra and appears to have conducted a moneylending business there and in Florence for some twenty years. In 1461, he operated a pawnshop in the town of Arezzo in partnership with his father, his brother Lazzaro, and Buonaventura son of Abramo of Siena. 

In addition to moneylending, Meshullam was a merchant dealing in precious stones, wine, oil, grain, wool, and cloth. He traveled extensively in connectio…

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Abraham David and Alessandra Veronese, “Meshullam of Volterra”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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