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A Grant of a Fief in Islands, 1241

A fief was not always designated by specific boundaries but an all-inclusive grant of a certain type of property in a definite area could be made. Such a grant was conferred in the name of the Emperor by his Chancellor to the Abbey of Paderborn.

Siegfried, by the grace of God, Archbishop of the diocese of Mainz, Archchancellor of the sacred Emperor throughout Germany, to the beloved in Christ, the Abbot of the monastery of the diocese of Paderborn, greeting in the Lord.

To your honor and to that of the diocese of Paderborn, under the authority of which you are, we grant, with the consent of our venerable brother, the Lord Bishop of Paderborn, of our special grace the use of the islands within the diocese of Paderborn as well as those in the diocese of Mainz, for your use and for the use of your successors forever. And in order that you may possess what is conferred on you of our grace we have decreed that this proof of our devotion must be added to those gifts this charter of perpetual stability.

Given at Paderborn in the year of grace 1241, on August the ninth, in the twelfth year of our pontificate.


N. Schaten, S.J., ed., Annales Paderbornenses, (Neuhaus, 1693), Vol. I, p. 39; 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. 332.

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

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