Emperor Henry IV:
Tolls on Craftsmen at Coblenz, 1104
The Emperor Henry IV renewed or confirmed a grant of the tolls at Coblenz previously
made by Archbishop Poppo to the monastery of St. Simeon. The right to collect tolls could
be granted in the same way as the right to hold a fief. This document is of special
interest because of its references to tolls levied on travelling craftsmen.
Bakers of that place, whoever they be, or wherever they be, who sell bread there
will give one loaf to the toll-gatherer every Sunday, or one obole every fourteen days.
Cobblers, coming from elsewhere, will not dare to sell shoes there without
permission of the tollgatherer or of his officer. Cobblers of this place convene three
times voluntarily at the court, and then each will give one denarius, and on the feast of
St. Martin, five denarii.
Also, the tax of shoemakers coming from elsewhere will be given to them from
Lady Day up to Martinmas. But for this they will give the toll-gatherer and eight monks a
good banquet. But the toll-gatherer will give them six set rs of wine, and a cheese which
can be carried in one hand.
H. G. Gengler, ed., Codex Juris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke,
1867), p. 499; 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.408.
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