Charter of Rudolf of Pfullendorf, 1180

Year

1180

Summary

Count Rudolf of Pullendorf writes to Stephen Barocius, who is noted as a relative, and outlines his journey to Jerusalem, where Rudolf had decided to winter. Rudolf then requests that Stephen send the money that he had deposited at St Mark's through the Hopitaller prior of Venice, Archambeau. It is noted that if the prior should die, then the money is to be sent through the individual whom the Master of the Hospital had originally sent with the letter from Rudolf making the request. This fascinating charter sheds light on the role played by the Hospitallers in communicating information and transferring money across Latin Christendom.

Text

Rodulfus comes de pullendorp Stephano barocii linea consanguinitatis et virtute prestanti salutem et dilectionem. Pro servicio et honore quem nobis exibuistis grates immensas vobis et civitati vestre referimus et quia ab hominibus vestris quibus nos ducendos commisistis grata et magnifica servicia suscepimus semper vobis devoti existimus. Nunc autem nobilitati vestre notum esse cupimus quod per gratiam dei cum integritate rerum nostrarum yerosolimam venimus et sepulcro domini salutato in his partibus ygemare decrevimus. Quapropter dilectioni vestre mandamus et mandando obnixe supplicamus quatenus pecuniam nostram quam consilio vestro in camera Sancti Marci deposuimus fratri archanbando priori hospitalis venetiarum ex integro resignari faciatis, et si ille morte preventus fuerit per illum quem magister hospitalis cum litteris nostris ad vos direxerit nobis transmittatis. Disposuimus enim illam ob peccatorum nostrorum remissionem pauperibus et ecclesiarum servitoribus erogare, unde sicut prediximus priori venetiarum eam representate vel si ille obierit per fratres quos magister hospitalis sicut diximus vobis direxerit nobis quantocius dirigite.

Archival Reference

Venezia, Archivo Statale, S. Maria dei Teutonici, Busta 1

Citation

“Charter of Rudolf of Pfullendorf, 1180,” Independent Crusaders Project, accessed November 24, 2020, https://independentcrusadersproject.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/2318.

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