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Medieval Sourcebook:
Rights of the Dublin Guild, 1192

Some of the typical prerogatives of the merchant gild with regard to relations between foreigners and local merchants are to be found in the following charter to Dublin. Monopoly of retail trade and of wholesale transactions with aliens, and limitations of the aliens' sojourn in the town are the common rights of all merchant gilds.

. . That no foreign merchant buy within the city from a foreigner, corn, hides, or wool, except from a citizen. And that no foreigner have a wine tavern, except aboard ships.... And that no foreigner sell cloth at retail in the city. And that no foreign merchant tarry in the city with his merchandise in order to sell it except for forty days.... Also that all reasonable persons have their gild, just as the burgesses of Bristol have, or were accustomed to have.


From: C. Gross, The Gild Merchant, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1890), Vol. II, p. 59, 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. 207-208.

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

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