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Otto the Great:
Grant of Market, Coinage, and Taxation Privileges to Bishopric of Osnabrück, 952

Otto the Great, A.D. 936-973, showed great favor to the Church as is illustrated by the grants he made bestowing counties and duchies with temporal jurisdiction including rights of coinage, taxation, and markets.

In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, Otto, by the grace of God, King.

Be it known to all our faithful, both present and future, that, at the intervention of the venerable bishop, Drugo, of the see of Osnabrück, we have granted a public market and the right to make money in the place called Wyddenbrugge; for the redemption of our soul we have given to the same church whatever the fisc or royal power held there. Rights of coinage and taxation and other public rights, hitherto under our authority, we grant to the said bishop, or his successors, and we firmly command that no judge exercise any authority to disturb him in these rights, or do him harm.

And in order that the bishop and his successors may hold this from us and from our successors inviolably, and that it may be diligently adhered to by all people, we have ordered this charter to be sealed by the impression of our seal, confirming it with our own signature.

The year of the Incarnation of the Lord 952, June twenty-eighth, in the sixteenth year of the reign of King Otto.


From: N. Schaten, S.J., ed., Annales Paderbornenses, (Neuhaus, 1693), Vol. I, p. 295; reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, eds., A Source Book for Medieval Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York: Biblo & Tannen, 1965), p.136.

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

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