Margaretta, Countess of Flanders & Hainault: A Purchase of Tithes and Remission of
a Tax, 1246
Tithes could also be bought and sold, as happened in the case of a purchase by the
Countess of Flanders from the Abbot of Tronchiennes.
Margaretta, Countess of Flanders and Hainault, to all seeing these presents,
Be it known to all that since we have bought all the tithes of the mills for a certain
price from those men of God, beloved in Christ, the abbot of Tronchiennes and the convent
of the Order of Premonstratensians, and all the rents both present and future assigned in
the whole of Wasia to the same abbot and convent in free alms by that noble lord of
revered memory, Ywan of Ghent, and by his wife Lauretta, one-time daughter of the
illustrious Count Theoderic: in the same contract between us and them it is agreed that we
shall remit part of the price to them and we annul a tax of ten pounds and three denarii
(Flanders money) which they paid annually to us for the lands named below at Wostinis. At
Saleghem for twenty-seven bonaria and two measures, four pounds and three solidi were
paid. For six bonaria of land at Dirkim eight solidi. For four bonaria and a half at the
same place, two solidi and three denarii. Also at Holste, for eighty-one bonaria, three
pounds and twelve denarii. At Peteghem, for seventeen and a half bonaria seventeen solidi
and seven denarii. At Soneghem for five and a half bonaria, eight solidi and three
In memory of which thing, and to confirm and strengthen it forever, we give these
presents to the abbot and convent, secured by the attachment of our seal.
Done in the year of the Lord 1246, in the month of August.
J. J. de Smet, ed., Recueil des Chroniques de Flandre, (Brussels: Commission
Royale d'Histoire, 1837), Vol. I, p. 717; reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H.
Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce
Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 389-390.
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