De doctrina privilegiorum 8
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[8.] EXAMPLE OF THE SAME.

[8.1] TO ALL THE BRETHREN OF THE MONASTERY OF S. MARTIN'S, 1 HENRY, COUNT OF POITOU.2

[8.2] One should not defer bringing a vow of divine inspiration to effect, lest deserved hope be withdrawn when holy intention has perished.

[8.3] Moved by the frequency of your admonition and by divine inspiration, for the remedy of my soul and of my deceased relatives and so that divine grace might allow me and my heirs to enjoy the state of this present life with safety, we grant forever to your monastery that whole castle by the name of Ciparanum3 with all its appurtenances, and we transact and give it in right of property to you and your successors in the future. And we irrevocably confirm, with this one restraint imposed on the tenor, that if in any manner, or for any reason you or your successors should wish to make to any person some partition or alienation from the aforesaid castle or from its appurtenances, all pertaining to the aforesaid castle shall revert wholly to me or to my heirs. But if you shall have always kept it entirely for the your needs and food and for the advantage of your church, it shall remain forever in quiet and irrevocable right for the use of your church.

[8.4] But if I or my heirs, moved by diabolic inspiration, shall have been tempted to oppose or to introduce any vexation against this page of our donation and decree, I bind myself and my heirs by a perpetual curse to pay thirty whole pounds of gold to the aforesaid church and to render all without mercy before the judgment of imperial strictness.4


1 S. Martin-des-Champs (see also above, De doctrina privilegiorum 1.3 and 5.1). For contemporary possessions of this most important Cluniac priory at Paris, see JL 9069 (PL 180.1239) a papal bull of confirmation issued at Paris by Eugene III on 2 June 1147. See also JOSEPH DEPOIN Recueil de chartes et documents de Saint-Martin-des Champs, monastere parisien (Paris: Jouve, 1912-1921) 5 vols.

2 Henry II, king of England (1154-1189), who had also ruled Poitou since his 1152 marriage to Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine.

3 Not identified.

4 Recourse to imperial judgment in penal clause of a French private charter!  

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