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Emperor Otto the Great:
Gift of a Tax to a Convent, 958


Grants of royal taxes were occasionally made to monasteries and convents by pious emperors. Such taxes thus became the private property of the recipients.

In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, Otto, by divine favor, King.

Be it known to all our faithful people, both present and future, how we, for the redemption of our soul and at the intervention of our beloved wife, Adelaide, and of our loving brother, Bruno, Archbishop, have given to the nuns devotedly serving God, Holy Mary ever Virgin, and St. Cyriac, for their own use, whatever is obtained from the tax malhura in the mark of Gisek. And in whatever way it lies in our royal power we transfer it to the said virgins, devotedly serving God in the place called Gisek, to be held in their own right.


Source:

N. Schaten, S.J., ed., Annales Paderbornenses, (Neuhaus, 1693), Vol. I, p. 303; 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. 360-361.

Scanned by Jerome S. Arkenberg, Cal. State Fullerton. The text has been modernized by Prof. Arkenberg.


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© Paul Halsall, October 1998
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