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 Rich as Crœsus.Richard Cœur de Lion. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Rich as a Jew.
 
This expression arose in the Middle Ages, when Jews were almost the only merchants, and were certainly the most wealthy of the people. There are still the Rothschilds among them, and others of great wealth.   1
 


 Rich as Crœsus.Richard Cœur de Lion. 

 
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