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Otto the Great, King of Germany:
Grant of a Market to the Monastery of Lorsch, 956

A market was a local, as distinct from a foreign, place of trade. It was held once a week as a rule. Its primary function was an exchange of commodities between town and country.

March fifth. King Otto permits the monastery at Lorsch, in which there is a place called Bensheim belonging to him, to erect a market.... "At the intervention of our beloved wife Adelheid we grant to the venerable abbot Gerbodo of the holy church at Lorsch that public markets should be created on a certain villa of the convent which is called Bensheim, for the use of the brothers serving God there."


From: H. Gengler, Codex Juris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke, 1867), p. 179, 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. 115.

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

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