Bay 41 (Joseph the Patriarch)

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Panel 01 - Signature panel (Two money-changers behind their bancus)

 © Stuart Whatling, 2008

The money-changers who occupy the donor panels of this window are not to be confused with the much-despised money-lenders (an activity proscribed for Christians). At a time when every district had its own currency, trade-oriented towns like Chartres with their major regional fairs were dependent on money-changers, who could establish rates of exchange between the many different species of coin in circulation. The tables, or banco on which they conducted their business is, of course, the origins of the modern English word "bank".