the Name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. When I wished
to make a city out of the village of Speyer, I Rüdiger,
surnamed Huotzmann, bishop of Speyer, thought that the glory
of our town would be augmented a thousandfold if I were
to bring in Jews.
Those Jews whom I have gathered I placed outside the neighborhood
and residential area of other burghers. In order that they
not be easily disrupted by the insolence of the populace,
I have encircled them with a wall. . . .
I have accorded them the free right of exchanging gold and
silver and of buying and selling everything they use --
both within their residential area and, outside, beyond
the gate down to the wharf and on the wharf itself. I have
given them the same right throughout the city . . .