Capitulary of Diedenhofen:
On Heribannum, 805
The heribannum was originally the name given to military service, but was
subsequently applied to corvees, and to payments due to the fisc for avoidance of such
service. The tax applied in the time of Charlemagne to all freemen, and was graduated
according to their condition.
C.l9. Concerning heribannum we decree that our missi ought according
to our command to exact it faithfully this year without favor, blandishment, or terror;
that is, from a man having six pounds in gold, silver, bronze, or plate, whole cloth,
horses, oxen, cows, or other cattle, but his wife and children shall not be robbed of
their clothing for this; and they shall take only the lawful heribannum, i.e.,
three pounds. But they, who have not more than the value of three pounds in the said
property, shall pay thirty solidi, i.e., one pound and a half. But he who has not
more than two pounds shall pay ten solidi. But if he has goods to the value of one pound
only he shall pay five solidi, so that he can again prepare himself for God's service and
our need. And our missi shall take care to enquire diligently lest any one defraud us of
our due by any evil trick such as giving what he has or commending it to another.
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologiae Cursus Completus, (Paris, 1862), Vol. XCVII, p.
287; 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), p. 359.
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