Aaron of York

(1190–1268)
   English money-lender. Aaron was the richest English Jew in the reign of Henry III. From 1236 to 1243 he filled the office of Presbyter Judaeorum (‘Jews’ bishop’), who served the king as an expert on Jewish affairs and was expected to supply the court with money in exchange for exemption from special taxes. In 1243 Aaron had to provide the huge sum of 4,000 silver marks and 400 gold marks on the occasion of the marriage of Richard of Cornwall, the king’s brother. In 1248 and 1250 he was fined 5,000 gold marks on two unsubstantiated charges of forging deeds. So ruthless were King Henry’s extortions that Aaron died in penury.

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