A court Jew was a Jewish Banker who lent money to European royalty and nobility. In return court Jews were able to negotiate social and economic privileges not open to natives. Most notably is that Jews petition the authority for an area of their own (the Ghetto). An example is the Pale of Settlement in Russia. This serves 2 purposes allowing them to be separate from the gentile and create a State within a state concealing its subversive activities from prying authorities. As the agents of the ruler, court Jews were under the jurisdiction of the court marshal; one of the highest officials in the royal court offices reserved for kings’ advisors meaning that these Jews were basically untouchable. To be know as a Jew meant one had the kings protection and to stay away and Church and Royalty proposed distinguishing marks of protection; an example is the tabula – a white piece of cloth shaped like the Ten Commandments implemented by the Church in 1215 following the signing of the largely ignored Magna Carta- the Barons attempt to curb illegal Jewish activity.
It is also crucial to note that the Church condemned usury universally but canon law only applied to Christians not to Jews. This placed religious restrictions on Christians advantageous to the Jewish moneylender. Indeed it deliberately created a source of monopoly rents, causing profits associated with Jewish moneylending to be higher than they otherwise would have been. Thus by most parameters, the standard of living of the Jewish community in the Early Medieval period was at least equal to that of the lower nobility creating a heavily artificial native underclass subservient to the Jewish banker. In fact the richest man in Norman England was the Jew Aaron of Lincoln and the wealthiest men in Europe was the Jew Vivelin of Strasbourg. Meanwhile, remaining ‘untouchable’ so to speak the Jew participated in other nefarious activities. Edward I returned from the Crusades in 1274 to find that Jews had stolen his land leaving many of his subjects dispossessed and in danger of destitution. By 1278 their illegal coin clipping had devalued the coinage nationally by as much as 50% and European children continued to die around the Jewish festival of Purim. Native frustration would eventually reach boiling point consequently anything labelled as ‘persecution’ was really retribution. Nevertheless, while coined specifically to refer to periods of unrest in Eastern Europe, the so called ‘pogroms’ or apparent organised Jewish persecution were merely the precursor to a Vatican manoeuvre and passed off as Native persecution of Jews. If Jews were finally expelled from a European country by the peoples mandate they would just resurface in another part of the Vatican’s sphere of influence. Imagine the Vatican as a kind of United States federal system so moving the Jews from one part of Christendom to another was a management exorcise and nothing more.
The court Jew is a typical example of Jewish Chutzpah-how the Jew inverts its nefarious crimes into a history of persecution. Indeed its greatest act of chutzpah to date is to have Europe and the world feel sorry for the banker.