Jun. 5, 1318

Papal bull “Exigit Tuorum,” from John XXII to Mary, widow of Philip III and Queen Dowager of France [Present-day France]: “We have received your petition which stated that, after the general expulsion of the Jews from France, you had come into a large sum, amounting to ten thousand pounds, from the Jews of your territories which had been given to you as your marriage portion or as gifts. Since you do not know from whom the money had been exacted – the original owners may have died or cannot be found – we are granting you our permission to retain the sum, under the condition that part of the money be given to Philip, King of France [i.e., Philip V, coronated in 1317], in support of his planned voyage to bring aid to the Holy Land.” [Researcher’s note: While a similar letter had been issued to Mary by Clement V in 1306, when she was still Queen, Louis X, after his coronation in 1315, allowed the Jews to return to France, also allowing them to reclaim their communal property and their debts, provided two thirds of the latter were turned over to the treasury. Mary apparently tried to ensure, via papal decree, that she would not be bound to return property confiscated or debts collected before the return of the Jews.]
Grayzel, Solomon. The Church and the Jews in the XIIIth Century, Volume II (1254-1315). The Jewish Theological Seminary of America: New York, 1989. Page 306. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 11/16/2019