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Prince and Estates – Treaty of Tübingen (1514)

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[6] The military campaign that Duke Ulrich has planned and undertaken for the preservation of the land, the people and his, Duke Ulrich's, relatives, and for the protection of his lordship and prerogatives and to aid and support his allies, plus the campaigns he may undertake in the future for the good of his principality, shall take place only with the advice and consent of the whole body of subjects. If Duke Ulrich, however, undertakes any further war and wishes to aid and help anyone out of friendship or other motives, this, too, shall occur only with the advice and consent of the whole body of subjects, that is, if he requires assistance from them. And in all such matters, Duke Ulrich shall supply the forces as his forefathers did, and the subjects shall serve with their persons and their means of transportation and in other ways, as was the case under Duke Ulrich's forefathers.

[7] And if a war breaks out, as described above, and help is required, then the financial agreement outlined above must be suspended, though without prejudice to its provisions, until the military aid is finished. It shall also be observed that when a ruling prince is captured, God forbid, the subjects shall loyally assist in freeing their ruling prince, and such aid shall be offered with their advice and consent, as it was under Duke Ulrich's forefathers.

[8] In order that the common man can bear the burden and do so willingly, Duke Ulrich shall graciously grant them the right of free movement, except that during the next five years none of the subjects may migrate out of the land.

[9] If, during this same period, anyone wants to have his child married outside the land, he may do so and may remove the property undisturbed after paying a tenth of it. This tithe shall be paid into Duke Ulrich's treasury.

[10] If, during the five years following the first five-year period, he wishes to emigrate or have his child married outside the land, he shall be able to do so after payment of the aforementioned tithe.

[11] If, after these ten years, anyone wants to emigrate, he shall pay a twentieth of his goods for permission to go.

[12] If, after twenty years have passed, anyone wants to emigrate, he shall be obliged to pay nothing but shall be free to do it.

[13] Whatever is paid between the proclamation of this treaty and the end of the first five year-period shall be deducted from the subjects' payment of 22,000 florins.

[14] Henceforth, land, people, castles, towns, and villages shall no longer be mortgaged without the advice, knowledge, and will of the parliament, and if pressing necessity makes mortgages necessary, the agreement shall note that the estates are not obliged to sign or seal it as co-signatories.

[15] Similarly, no assessment or other irregular tax or burden, under whatever name, shall in the future be laid on the prelates or the estates [ . . . ]

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