A HUSBAND'S ENDOWMENT OF HIS FUTURE WIFE ON THEIR BETROTHAL
SOUTHERN BURGUNDY, 994

 

The authority of believing men stands adequately strengthened by what ancient custom the law of both Old and New  Testament shows and by confirmation from the
teachings of the Holy Spirit through Moses on marriage between man and woman,  especially when It says: "Wherefore a man will leave his father and mother and
adhere to his wife, and they will be two in one flesh." [Gen., ii. 24]; and indissolubly, supported by the divine word saying: "What God has joined, let man not
separate". [Matt., xix. 6; Marc., x. 9] Even our Lord, who became a man and was the maker of men, was willing to attend weddings to confirm that marriage itself was
holy and  full of authority, in order that this pact and that joining might be held valid for ever by all christians. THEREFORE I Ulric, following such great authority, led by
the counsel and admonitions of my friends, and assisted by celestial piety, seek a matrimonial partnership. For love of this and according to ancient practice, I give thee,
my dearest and most beloved betrothed sponsa Ermengarde, by authority of this endowment ("sponsalicium") everything of mine within the pagus of Macon, that is, ...
And I  give thee in the pagus of Lyons ...   all things listed above, just as they are written, I cede, hand over and transfer in perpetuity to thee, my beloved sponsa
Ermengarde to have, to sell, to give or to lease out and to do whatever you wish in them or with the same things at your free will. But should I or any of my heirs wish
to come and say anything against this endowment gift ("sponsalicium donum") or in any way disturb it -- and I do not believe this will happen -- then he is not to obtain
what he seeks to recall but should be liable for double the improved value of the whole property, and the present grant shall remain firm,  together with the supporting
stipulation.

Done in the city of Macon.

Sign of Ulric, who asked for this endowment ("dotem") and gift to be made and affirmed.
Sign of Rather his brother, who consented. [15 names of signers follow, then]
Sign of Count Otto.
Sign of Countess Ermentrude.
Sign of Guy.[These are Otto-William, Count of Macon, his wife and son.]

Given by the hand of Rodulf the priest on the fourth of the nones of September, in the 3rd indiction, the 8th year of the reign of King Hugh.

           [Receuil des chartes de l'abbaye de Cluny, ed. B. de Bruel, vol. iii, no. 2265, cited by G. Duby, The Knight, the Lady and the Priest, 98, and transl. PRH.]