Cartulary of Folquin:
Sale of Lands & Privileges to a Monastery, 708
From this sale of possessions and privileges, amounting to two thirds of a number of
villas, we learn something of the inclusive value of immovable property with its necessary
adjuncts. All grants of land, and contracts for sale of land, appear to include similar
lists of houses, buildings, serfs, woods, pastures, etc.
To the venerable lord, Abbot Erlefred, of the monastery of Sithiu, greeting from
Darmund, vender. I have agreed to sell to you of my own free will and by no pretended
right, and I have so sold, the following possessions: that is, two thirds of my portion in
the place called Saroaldsclusa, on the River Somme in the district of Vermandois; likewise
in Appiliacum on the River Isar two-thirds, in the district of Noyon; and two-thirds in
Dives and Corbeny, with all pertaining thereto; that is both in lands and houses,
buildings, serfs, vines, fields, woods, meadows and pastures, running and still waters,
mills, and property cultivated and uncultivated. I give the above portions freely to you
as from today, and I ask that this be granted to you forever in writing. I have therefore
taken as the price of these things, which is well agreed between us, both in gold and
silver, 1500 solidi, so that from today you have power in all things to have, hold, give,
sell, exchange, or do whatever you wish freely and securely, God willing. But if any one,
which I do not think will be the case, if I, or if any of my heirs, or any foreign person,
should go against this sale, we and the other shall give as much to you as we have
accepted from you: and with the tisc associating with you and distraining him, that person
shall be compelled to pay double the money, and what he seeks to have vindicated in court
shall not prevail. And this sale shall remain secure for all time with the agreement
Done at the monastery of Sithiu on the seventh of May, in the thirteenth year of the
empire of our glorious lord king Hildebert.
B. E. C. Guerard, ed., Collection de Documents inédits sur l'Histoire de France,
(Paris, 1840), Book I, p. 40; 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. 309-310.
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