Contra malos divites et usurarios (1512) by Stanisław Zaborowski: the problem of usury and renaissance thought

  • The treatise "Contra malos divites et usurarios" (Cracovie, 1512) was the first of the renowned Polish anti-usurious texts which was not written by a university professor but by an official of the royal administration. Stanisław Zaborowski focuses, especially, on the problem of land of the royal domain given by kings to great landlords as a pledge, with harm to res publica. He applies the late medieval conciliarist notions to the issue of royal power. Nevertheless, the text diverges from the medieval thought. Zaborowski’ discourse does not focus on demonstrating the rightness of the anti-usurious principles but rather on convincing the readers to follow them in life. The argumentation is ‘addressed’ more to the will than to the reason; it focuses on the vice of avarice, more than on the Seventh Commandment; the author emphasizes the virtue of charity, more than on the virtue of justice. Anti-usurious Zaborowski’s thought made a part of his political vision. His discussed treatise is closely related with his more renowned Tractatus de natura iurium et bonorum regis. In Contra malos divites et usurarios, the problems of public debt and forced loan are of crucial importance. At present Marcin Bukała is preparing the critical edition of the treatise.

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Author:Marcin Bukała
Parent Title (German):LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung" : Arbeitspapier = LOEWE research focus "Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution" : working paper; 21
Series (Serial Number):LOEWE-Schwerpunkt "Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung" : Arbeitspapier = LOEWE research focus "Extrajudicial and judicial conflict resolution" : working paper (21)
Publisher:Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2015/01/27
Date of first Publication:2015/01/27
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2015/01/27
Tag:Contra malos divites et usurarios; Tractatus de natura iurium et bonorum regis; Zaborowski, Stanisław; da Osimo, Niccolò; decretal “Super eo”; forced loan; pledged land; public debt; royal domain; usury; Łaski, Jan (the older)
Page Number:13
Last Page:12
Institutes:Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / LOEWE-Schwerpunkt Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 34 Recht / 340 Recht
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht