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Englebert, Lord of Engien:
A Grant of Free Roads, 1210

Land granted in free alms (frankalmoign) was to be held without obligation of military service or suit of court. In this instance no condition is stated.

I, Englebert, Lord of Engien, make known to all men, both present and future, that Wichard, knight of Causines, my vassal, has declared in my presence, and in the presence of my vassals, and has acknowledged that he has given in free tenure to the church of Our Lady of Camberon a certain road through his land, which he holds as a fief from me, from the Marche river as far as Five Oaks, to be possessed in perpetual right.

Be it likewise known that Michael of Causines held certain land on the same road in fief from the said Wichard, and he likewise in my presence, and with the consent of Wichard, has given to the said brothers of Camberon a free road over the same land to be held forever in free alms. And this donation, so piously made, I am bound to guarantee in all respects, and I have thought fit to confirm this document with my seal, and I have caused the names of those who were present to be added as well as those of other faithful people. Witnesses: Egidius of Braisne, etc.... priests. Done in the year of the Incarnation of the Lord, 1210.


J. J. de Smet, ed., Monuments pour servir a l'Histoire des Provinces de Namur, de Hainaut et de Luxembourg, (Brussels: M. Hayez, 1870), Tome II, p. 562; 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. 322-323.

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

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