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Emperor Conrad:
Grant of a Market & Fair at Donauwörth, 1030

This is an important grant by reason that it confers the right to hold both a weekly market and an annual fair. Note the references to the fair at Augsburg.

In the name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Conrad by the grace of God, Emperor Augustus of the Romans. Be it known to all those faithful to God and to us . . . we confirm and corroborate to the said faithful Manigold the power and freedom of holding a market with money rights, thelony, and with all public business in the said place Donauworth, situated in the district of Ries belonging to Count Frederick, but especially of doing business every Saturday just as it was granted to his father by our ancestor. Moreover, mindful of the faithful and devoted service of the said Manigold, we have also granted to him (Manigold) an annual fair for three continuous days, i.e., to be held on the Kalends of May and on the next two days in the said place, commanding firmly by imperial power that all men seeking that fair, going and coming for business, shall always have peace. But if any one trouble any of these men, or, causing trouble, disturb the fair itself, let it be known he will pay such ban as he would have paid if he had molested the fair of Ratisbon or Augsburg. And that this may be more readily believed and diligently observed through the future course of years, corroborating this charter written with our own hand, we have ordered it to be inscribed with the impression of our seal. Seal of Conrad, most invincible and august Emperor of the Romans. Udalric, chancellor, revised this in the place of Archbishop Aribo. Given on the Kalends of February in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord 1030, and also in the year of Lord Conrad, the sixth of his kingdom but the third of his empire. Given most happily at Dortmund.


From: H. Gengler, Codex Juris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke, 1867), p. 806, 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. 118-119.

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

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