By Theodore Evergates

Theodore Evergates has assembled, translated, and annotated a few 200 records from the rustic of Champagne right into a resource booklet that specializes in the political, monetary, and felony workings of a feudal society, uncovering the main points of non-public lifestyles and social historical past which are embedded within the legit documents.

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Since the grants applied to all his tenants living within the surrounding castellanies as well as in the towns, Thibaut effectively franchised most of his tenants who became, consequently, a privileged class liberated from the hated tallage (taille) and other personal constraints. " Jewish communities had a long history in Champagne, where the counts and their barons protected and taxed them. Recognizing the importance of Jewish businessmen to the county and the international fairs, the counts did not succumb to the royal policies of expulsion and confiscation of property; instead, the Jews of Champagne were saddled with exorbitant taxes as the price of remaining in the county (Doc.

Baldwin of Saint-Jean: 160 chickens annually at Suippes. 2. Document in All, J 193, no. 2. 3. (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1901-1914), I : 113, nos. 2974-2980; I : 85, no. 2305. 4 The Governance of a Feudal State Clarembaud of "Fengnon": sol. [cash] with which he must purchase [rentproducing] land that will be a liege fief [yielding about 51. annually]. [After Count Thibaut's death in Maj7 1201,his widow Blanche continued to reinforce the new castle:] Lucans of "Triaus" and Gervais of Vienne must be in full-time residcnce (estagium) at the castle of Sainte-Menehould from the Feast of Saint-Remi [January 131 1201 for two entire years, and thereafter each of them must render six weeks castle-guard (eustodia) annually.

Revenue on whatever the count had at Silvarouvres, Saint-Liger, and Dinteville. But since the prior of Silvarouvres possesses a charter in which the count promised never to alienate his protection of that abbey and its possessions, the countess and I agreed as follows: I quit her and the lord of Champagne in perpetuity of the custody over that priory [which she had assigned to Simon as part of his rent], and will have instead only what the count had at those three places except that custody, which will remain in the count's hand.

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