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Abbot of St. Mary of Tronchiennes:
Relief for Succession to a Fief, 1233

I, Stephen by the grace of God, Abbot of St. Mary of Tronchiennes and of the convent of that place, make known to the living and to posterity that Robert Woerm of Nivelles and his wife Anna hold in fief from this church ten bonaria of land, more or less, in the parish of Nivelles, lying next to the road, on this condition: that, whoever succeeds to the possession of the said land, on the death or demise of both of them, and as often as any shall succeed, they will be under obligation to pay to the said church for relief or redemption of the land one hundred solidi (Flemish) and no more. Therefore, the said Robert, and whoever shall hold the land after him, shall not be held to owe military service or other duties to any one, except, by chance, it should come to pass that an expedition be made for the defense of our common fatherland. Moreover, the tenants of that land shall be free from molestation by citation to court forever . . . except it happen that they be cited or called for the defense of the inheritance of our church. In testimony whereof we have confirmed this document with our seal.

Done at Tronchiennes, in the year of Our Lord, 1233, on the Feast of the Purification.


J. J. de Smet, ed., Recueil des Chroniques de Flandre, (Brussels: Commission Royale d'Histoire, 1837), Vol. I, pp. 715-716; 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. 363-364.

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

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