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Cartulary of Saint Trond:
A Payment of Relief to a Monastery, c. 1055-1056

Succession dues were usually fixed by custom, and even when real property was transferred the dues of those attached to the soil did not as a rule change. In this case the sum seems to have been a year's taxes.

In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity.

I, Adelard, by the grace of God, Abbot of Saint-Trond, make known to all, both present and future, that Cono, a noble man, for the salvation of his soul, has given six holdings of land to our church, of which four lie next to Bertree, and they pay twenty solidi on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, two of which the reeve has in benefice; the remaining eighteen are given to our reeve.

But if any of those who hold them should die, he who succeeds gives as much as the deceased man paid annually in taxes, unless any be remitted to him out of charity....


C. Piot, ed., Cartulaire de l'Abbaye de Saint-Trond, (Brussels: Academie Royale de Belgique, 1870), pp. 17-18; 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. 338-339.

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

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