Nov. 25, 1315

“Royal Announcement” issued by King Louis IV (Ludwig, the Bavarian) [Swabian Imperial City of Esslingen; Present-day Germany]: “We, Louis/Ludwig, […] announce to the council and the citizens of Esslingen, as well as all who have vouched for the Jews of Überlingen or elsewhere, that […] we free them from their obligations to the Jews of Überlingen and elsewhere […] over the next two years […] during which no interest is to be paid on such debt (‘kein wucher uf die selben schult’). […] no payments may be made to Jews […] that could result in any damages to the citizens of Esslingen as they are in no way obligated to the Jews in any way for the next two years. […]”
Stuttgart, HStA, H 51, U 250, Orig., dt., Perg, (“Main State Archiv of Stuttgart, H 51, U 250, Orig[inal], German, [on] parchment paper”); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 3/11/2018