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Louis the Pious:
Grant of Fishing Rights, 832

In the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Louis, by the grace of God, Emperor Augustus. If, of our charity, we have provided churches in places dedicated to divine worship, and in the same place have made refuges for the servants of God, we not only thereby adhere to the honorable custom of royal munificence, but we hope to receive the reward of eternal life through this distribution of temporal gifts. Wherefore be it known to all, both present and future, that, by these presents, we have granted for the love of God and for the salvation of our soul, to the monastery which is called New Corvey, which we built in Saxony in honor of Saint Stephen, the first martyr, and at the head of which is our faithful cousin Warin, its first abbot, a certain fishery in the River Weser.

This fishery is in the village called Wimode, adjoining the villa of Liusci, in the earldom of Count Abbo. And because it is con structed in the likeness of stakes which the inhabitants of the district call Hocas, it is known by the natives under the local name of Hocwar. It is at present within our right, and the same Count Abbo formerly held it as a benefice from us. But seeing that the same fishery without serfs, who were thought of in this provision, could not be very useful to the brethren, we have granted thirty-two serfs to be wholly and entirely in possession of that monastery. And we have also granted to the monastery whatever Abbo had in benefice pertaining to that same fishery for as long as the monks living there continue to pray for divine clemency for us. And in order that this charter may be held in high regard, and accepted by our faithful people in future, we have ordered it to be sealed with our seal below, and we have signed it with our hand.


From: N. Schaten, Annales Paderbornenses, (Neuhaus, 1693), Vol. I, p. 90, reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (New York: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 60-61.

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