Aug. 20, 1274

“Writ” issued by Archbishop of Mainz, Werner (von Eppstein) [Present-day Germany; Electorate of Mainz]: “Archbishop of Mainz, Werner [von Eppstein] announces that the deacons and his church chapter in Mainz and the church Mariengreden in Mainz have purchased all of the goods of the Abby and convent of the Benedicts-Cloister (‘Benediktinerklosters’) Kornelimünster in Trechtingshausen in the [Arch-] Bishopric of Cologne for 1,500 Mark Cologne pennies (‘Pfenninge’) and that he’s come to an agreement with them to contribute one-third of the sum (purchase price). However, since he does not have the amount himself, the deacon and the chapter are to try to get the money from the Jews of the city of Mainz, which the Archbishop instructs them to request as follows: 100 Mark each year on St. Bartholomew’s Day (August 24) and on Candlemas (February 2), until the Sum of 500 Mark is paid off. [Provisions are made in case the Archbishop dies before the expiration of the contract …]” [Researcher’s note: The above is a translation of a German summary of the original Latin text both of which can be found in the cited source.]
Medieval Ashkenaz: Corpus der Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im spätmittelalterlichen Reich; Quellen zur Geschichte der Juden im Erzbistum Mainz (1273-1347); (Medieval Ashkenaz: Collection/body of sources on the history of Jews during the late medieval empire; Sources regarding the history of Jews in the Archbishopric of Mainz (1273-1347)); Accessed online; Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 5/26/2020 ADD PAGE #