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Frederick II of Germany:
Grant to Lübeck of Freedom from Tolls at Cologne & Tiel, 1226

The Emperor Frederick II prevented the Cologne hanse from hindering the foreign trade of Lübeck by the exaction of tolls, a thing he was naturally inclined to do since he honestly endeavored to substitute the interest of national or larger groups for local and feudal interests.

Moreover the said citizens of Lübeck, when going to England, we altogether absolve from that wicked abuse and burden on their freedom which the men of Cologne, and of Tiel, and their associates, are said to have levied against them; and we completely eradicate that abuse; and they may enjoy that state of law which the men of Cologne and of Tiel and their associates are known to enjoy.


From: G. F. Sartorius, ed., Urkundliche Geschichte des Ursprunges der Deutschen Hanse, J. M. Lappenberg, rev., (Hamburg, 1830), Vol. II, p. 27; reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, eds., A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 231-232.

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

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