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Lease of a Workshop in Marseilles, 1248

April twenty-ninth. In the year of the Incarnation of the Lord 1248.

We, Anselm Andreas and Andrivet Andreas, brothers, good faith and without guile, let to you Raymond France, citizen of Marseilles, a certain workshop with living quarters above it, which is bounded on the one side by the house of Bernard Laurence and on the other by another workshop of ours, on the third side by the public road from the port of Marseilles. We let this workshop and living quarters to you from the next feast of St. Michael for three complete and continuous years, at a price or rent of forty pounds in royal crowns for each year and which you should pay to us as follows: half at the beginning of each year and another half at the end.

And this agreement has been made between us that we cannot compel you to pay to us for the said royal crowns except in money now current in Marseilles, and three solidi and four denarii for each of the said pounds according to the law of Marseilles (except that statute be changed), which law we are obliged to follow in money matters according as the common council of Marseilles decrees. We promise you by this said agreement to save and protect that workshop and living quarters for you from every person during the time stated and that we will not take it away from you for a greater or less rent or for any other reason except at the completion of the said term, and we shall take care that we brothers shall have the said lease and all other things mentioned, pledging all our goods, etc.; renouncing, etc.

Witnesses, etc....


From: L. Blancard, ed., Documents Inédits sur le Commerce de Marseille au Moyen Age, (Marseilles: Barlatier-Feissat, Pere et Fils, 1884 ), Vol. II, p. 123, reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Hebert H. Coulson, eds., A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 108-109.

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

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