Jun. 27, 1521

Imperial Mandate, issued by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, King of Germany, for the Duchy of Württemberg [Present-day Germany]: “Moved by good cause, We hereby issue a declaration, law and ordinance, that from now on until forever, no Jew or Jewess, regardless of their association, shall be allowed to lend anything to Our residents and Our subjects in Our Duchy of Württemberg, be it with or without usury, in secret or in public. Those in contravention shall not have any claim to payments of interest. All officers and officials of the state shall make Our declaration, law and ordinance known to residents and subjects, commoners and gentry, Jews and Jewesses, not to borrow anything from Jews, nor to allow them to lend anything to anyone. In addition, the same officers and officials shall ensure that serious punishment is inflicted upon any scofflaws.”
Riecke, Christian H. Sammlung der württembergischen Gesetze (Collection of the Laws of Württemberg). Cotta: Stuttgart, 1831. Vol. 4. Page 51. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 7/19/2020