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Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 2: The Religion of the People and the Politics of Religion$
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John McManners

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198270046.001.0001

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Commercial Loans and Lotteries

Commercial Loans and Lotteries

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(p.263) 32 Commercial Loans and Lotteries
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Church and Society in Eighteenth-Century France Volume 2: The Religion of the People and the Politics of Religion
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John McManners

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198270046.003.0011

The question of loans for interest or ‘usury’ was much debated by eighteenth‐century churchmen, with the traditional ban being upheld in theory. But the legitimacy of reward for risk was accepted with regard to lotteries, provided they were for a good cause, and gambling in general, provided it was done in moderation. The ban on usury still made sense as far as protecting the peasantry was concerned, but was archaic with regard to commercial transactions. It was recognized by, for example, the Jesuits of Lyon, and largely ignored in practice.

Keywords:   gambling, Jesuits, lotteries, usury

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