Jacob of Pont-Sainte-Maxence

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JACOB OF PONT-SAINTE-MAXENCE (14th century), one of the leaders of French Jewry. Jacob apparently came from Pont-Sainte-Maxence, a town in the Oise department, northern France, but his name is the only indication that a Jewish community existed there. Along with *Manessier of Vesoul, he controlled the affairs of the Jews in the north, perhaps from the time of their return to France in 1359. After Jacob had quarreled with Manessier and denounced him to the authorities, Manessier was compelled to pay a heavy fine both to Jacob and to the king.


I. Loeb, in: Jubelschrift… H. Graetz, 1 (1887), 54ff.; R. Anchel, Les Juifs de France (1946), 115ff.

[Bernhard Blumenkranz]