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Grant of Tolls on the Elbe, 983

Commerce on the Elbe was extensive by reason of the rivers being highways of commerce. In the tenth century the tolls were of sufficient importance to form part of an imperial grant.

Feb. 17. Emperor Otto II grants to the church of Meissen its neighboring town of Setleboresdorff on the Elbe, together with all appurtenances; and among other things the toll which is paid to the coffer of the emperor "from the city which is called Belgern as far as the gate of this church of Meissen upstream along both banks of the said river Elbe, downstream wherever commerce is carried on beyond the Elbe."


From: H. Gengler, ed., Codex Iuris Municipalis Germaniae, (Erlangen: F. Enke, 1867), p. 176, 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. 152-153.

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

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