Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Usury is sometimes used to signify extortionate or illegal interest on loans, and sometimes is taken as synonymous with the whole practice of lending money upon interest. The Fathers of the Church and canon law condemned the taking of interest, and the law of Moses placed certain restrictions on it and forbade Hebrews to exact it from their fellow-countrymen. Laws have at different times been passed in England to regulate the amount of interest legally recoverable.