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Joan, Countess of Flanders: Grant to Weavers of Exemption from the Taille, 1224

As an inducement to weavers to settle in Courtrai, Joan, Countess of Flanders, allowed those who would go there exemption from the taille, or property tax.

I, Joan, Countess of Flanders and Hainault, wish it to be known to all both now and in the future, that I and my successors cannot and ought not to take any tax or payment from the fifty men who shall come to live at Courtrai, for as long as they remain here, to work in the woolen industry from this day on. But their heirs, after the decease of their parents, shall serve me just as my other burgesses do.

Given at Courtrai, in the year of the Lord 1224, on the feast of St. Cecilia.


G. Espinas & H. Pirenne, eds., Recueil de Documents Relatifs a l'Histoire de l'lndustrie Drapiere en Flandre,(Brussels, 1906), p. 648; 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), p. 374.

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

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