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Pepin, King of the Franks:
Grant of Exemptions From Toll, 754

In the eighth century there was sufficient travel, partly for religious, partly for commercial reasons, to warrant royal exemptions from tolls.

But we have ordained concerning thelony that no one shall take thelony for victuals or cartage when the carts are empty. Likewise for wine we have decreed, and for travellers who come to Rome or to any place because of God, that you do not hold them on any occasion at bridges or harbors or on board ships, or on account of their cargo, and that you do not harm any travellers nor take any toll from them. And if any one shall so act, we grant to whatever man who will have proved it, thirty out of sixty solidi.

The other shall go to the fisc of the king.


Monumenta Germaniae Historiae, Legum, Alfredus Boretius, ed., (Hanover, 1883), Tome I, p. 32; 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. 399.

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

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