Father of modern banking, Snowe got into the money changing business by skillfully using his affliction with Hansen's in order to circumvent medieval usary law. He developed innovative financial instruments that were designed to capitalize on epidemics like the plague, in effect presaging today's sophisticated hedging schemes. Snowe became so rich as to be able to purchase a title during the reign of Henry VIII, and attended royal gatherings swaddled in layers of stripped muslin and wearing a golden bell around his neck. He took his own life after negociations to secure a marriage to a local serf's daughter fell through when the prospective bride fled to France.