Jul. 11, 1559

“Extract of the Privilege of Emperor Ferdinand I for the city Leutkirch against Jews and their usurious contracts” [Present-day Germany; Free Imperial City of Leutkirch/Holy Roman Empire]: “We, Ferdinand, by the grace of God, elected Roman Emperor [… have graciously bestowed upon the mayor and the City Council of Leutkirch as the governing head … in response to their complaints and urgent pleas liberty …], to no longer to [be required to] permit Jews or Jewesses to make loans on pawns/pledges, jewels (‘Cleinoder’), cloths, […] or movable or immovable goods/properties in this city without the prior knowledge and permission of the mayor and the [City] council […] nor to enter in any other kind of contractual agreements […]. [Violators are to lose their capital and all interests …]”
Des Reichs-Stättischen Hand-Buchs. Zweyter Theil. (Hand-book of the Imperial Cities. Second part.); (Tübingen; 1733); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 5/10/2020