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Henry I, King of England:
Grant of a Fair to Ramsey Abbey, 1110

This grant includes the grant of holding a Fair Court. The frequent references to the "King's Peace" in these charters shows a desire on the part of kings to ensure safe trading by reason of more severe penalties inflicted under their laws.

Henry, King of England, to Robert, Bishop of Lincoln, and Gilbert, the Sheriff, to all barons and to all his faithful people, both French and English, and to merchants throughout all England, greeting. Be it known that I have granted to the Abbey of St. Benedict of Ramsey and St. Ives of Selepe, a fair, to be held from Tuesday in Easter week until the octave, well and truly, with sac and soc, toll and team, and infangentheof, and with all customs such as any fair in all England has. And I wish and command that all coming there, staying there, or going away from there, may enjoy my firm peace.

Witnesses, etc.


From: W. H. Hart & P. A. Lyons, eds., Cartularium Monasterii de Rameseia, Rolls Series, (London, 1886), Vol. II, p. 101, 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. 119-120.

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

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