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Details of SC 8/54/2655
Reference: SC 8/54/2655
Petitioners: Community of Jews
Addressees: King and council
Nature of request: The community of Jews ask the King and council for their opinion on several matters:1) The new statutes state that a Jew is only to have seisin of half of any land or rent pledged to him for a debt, the other half to remain to the Christian who owes the debt, for his sustenance: if the debtor dies and the lands pass to someone who is rich enough not to need this sustenance, can the Jew have seisin of the whole until he has recovered the debt?2) They request clarification of the case where a Christian who owes money to a Jew has no lands or rents but only a large house in which he lives: what seisin will the Jew have as a pledge for his debt?3) They request the king's pity on their poverty, and that they might have permission to sell houses and rents to other Jews: as if they are not given this permission, they will have to knock them down and sell them as stone and timber.4) They complain that in buying and selling goods they are greatly disadvantaged by comparison with Christians, and ask that they might be able to live as they have done in the time of the king's ancestors since the conquest.
Nature of endorsement: [None]
Note: SCCKB, vol. III p.cxiv, (entry d) states that this petition must have been presented after, and probably shortly after, the Statute of Jewry of 1275.
Date: [c. 1276]
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: Parliamentary Petition 4499
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: French
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Restrictions on use: This document (loose parchment page) is on loan to the Jewish Museum, London until July 2019
Publication note:

Select Cases in the Court of King's Bench, vol. III, Edw I, Ed. G.O. Sayles, (Selden Society, vol. LVIII, 1939), p.cxiv, (entry d) (full edition of petition)

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