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Emperor Otto II:
Grant of Holdings and Rights at Bingen, 983

The forms of urban wealth and property seem to vary but little from those of the country. Compare any grant of a villa to a monastery with this grant of municipal rights to an archbishop.

June 14th. Emperor Otto II bestows on Archbishop Willigis of Mayence his rights "within and without the city of Bingen in all things belonging there by law wherever placed or held in benefice by any one" as well as "ban in the territory of that city and in adjacent places, i.e., that ban which is commonly called ban-penny . . . and all the remaining interests in money, vineyards, serfs of both sexes, courts, buildings, woods, all hunting and forest rights, and also meadows and pastures, waters, water-ways, fishing and toll receipts on the rivers Rhine and Naab."


H. G. Gengler, ed., Codex Juris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke, 1867), p. 224;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.316.

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

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