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Grant of a House at Riga to the Men of Lübeck, 1231

Riga was one of the cities in that part of the Baltic lands which was being subdued by the Teutonic Knights in the thirteenth century. Actually at this date it was a free city under the jurisdiction of the Teutonic Knights, and was able to grant privileges to Lübeck.

To all the faithful of Christ seeing these presents, the citizens and consuls of Riga wish the enjoyment of perpetual peace.

Since those things which are done lapse with the passage of time, and unless they are corroborated by written testimony, will easily slip the memories of men, and be changed, we wish it to be known to all people both now and in the future that we, on the advice of the citizens of Lübeck, for the preservation of that true love and the constant faith we have in the citizens of Lübeck, have granted a court lying near to the citadel, within the walls of our city, to be held freely with every right and the income therefrom, to be possessed by them and their heirs free and quit forever. Therefore, in order that no calumny may arise in the future, and in order that all doubt may be removed, we have strengthened this gift of ours, corroborating it in writing and with our seal.

Witnesses, etc.


From: G. F. Sartorius, ed., Urkundliche Geschichte des Ursprunges der Deutschen Hanse, J. M. Lappenberg, rev., (Hamburg, 1830), Vol. II, p. 29; 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), p. 232.

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

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