Oct. 31, 1567

“Patent” of Archduke Ferdinand II [Present-day Austria]: “[…] all [persons] who have jurisdiction over Jews, who reside in their district, are ordered to prohibit these Jews from taking excessive and usurious interests from the[ir] subjects’ lands, goods/possessions and harvest […] those [Jews] in violation of this proscription are to face confiscation of the [amount they have] loaned […] physical punishment and [finally] expulsion.”
Beyträge zur Politischen Gesetzeskunde im österreichischen Kaiserstaate. Herausgegeben von Johann Ludwig Ehrenreich (Graf von Barth-Barthenheim); Erster Band. (Wien; 1821) (Contributions to the Political Jurisprudence in the Austrian Imperial State. Volume I; Edited/Published by Johann Ludwig Ehrenreich (Count of Barth-Barthenheim); (Vienna; 1821); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani, 10/1/2017