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Raymond, Count of Barcelona:
Exemption of Ships from Toll, 1118

Raymond Berenguer the Third, Count of Barcelona, granted freedom from what appears to be a heavy toll. This he did in exchange for the loyalty shown to him by the citizens in a recent campaign.

This is the charter concerning the gift which Raymond, Count of Barcelona, gave to the men of Barcelona. Now it is well known that I, Raymond, Count of Barcelona, in order to raise an army for the freeing of the Spanish church, went by sea in a ship with my men of Barcelona to Genoa and Pisa. But on my return at the siege of Bouches-du-Rhone, in Provence, which revolted from my rule, I detained them. Wherefore I, Raymond, Count of Barcelona, and Dulcia, the Countess, my wife, remit, condone, make void, and grant peacefully the new tax that I, the Count, have placed on Barcelona; namely, the fifth which we have been accustomed to receive from all ships. And this I do for the many services and duties they have performed for me with patience both by land and sea. This also we, the aforesaid, do grant to you, the said men of Barcelona, in good faith and without fraud, that from this day forward, so long as we live here, now and in the future, neither we nor our successors, nor any other person on our behalf, or on behalf of our successors, shall presume to seek the fifth from ships which come to Barcelona to stay there. But if we or any other person wish to oppose this charter, or to infringe it, let neither us nor him prevail, but rather let us make amends with a thousand pounds of pure gold, and let this charter remain stable and secure. Done on the fourth day of July in the fourth year of King Louis.

Witnesses, etc.


A. de Capmany, ed., Memorias Historicas sobre la Marina Comercio y Artes de la Antigua Ciudad de Barcelona, (Madrid, 1779-1792), Vol. II, pp. 1-2; 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. 408-409.

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

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