Grant of Tolls on the Elbe, 983
Commerce on the Elbe was extensive by reason of the rivers being highways of
commerce. In the tenth century the tolls were of sufficient importance to form part of an
Feb. 17. Emperor Otto II grants to the church of Meissen its neighboring town of
Setleboresdorff on the Elbe, together with all appurtenances; and among other things the
toll which is paid to the coffer of the emperor "from the city which is called
Belgern as far as the gate of this church of Meissen upstream along both banks of the said
river Elbe, downstream wherever commerce is carried on beyond the Elbe."
From: H. Gengler, ed., Codex Iuris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke,
1867), p. 176, 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. 152-153.
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