initiator: Guillelmus Tortosanus episcopus
recipient: Ebrardus magister templi
text: Feb. - Sept. 23. Tripoli. In the presence of Raymond II, comes Tripolitanus Poncii comitis filius, Guillelmus Tortosanus episcopus, having spoken to his chapter and to Count Raymond, together with the barones and burgenses of his curia and others, has asked Ebrardus magister templi and his brothers to build and occupy a new castle in Tortosa, which was taken by the Turks [Turci] and burnt, and remains deserted and destroyed with its holy places profaned, in order to assure more security and to ensure that the cathedral church of Mary, the holy mother of God and perpetual virgin, can be renewed. On the Templars’ agreement, episcopus Guillelmus and his chapter give them a part of the town in the bishop’s possession where burgenses used to live. They will build a castle there, from the entrance to the Gate as far as the house of Guillelmus de Tiberiade and as far as the Gate of St Helena. All the churches in the city with the parish rights, whether within or without in the port, are to be subject to the church of Tortosa and its bishop, except for the Templars’ own chapel in the castle of Tortosa. The churches the Templars have or will acquire in their castles and elsewhere in the diocese will be held by them freely with all parochial rights, except for those at Marraclea, Camelum, Exerc, Colea, Castrum Novum, Cratum and Lacum. Tithes of the Templar churches will be shared between the bishop and canons of Tortosa and the Templars, except for tithes of demesne [proprius laboris fratrum templi], of spoil gained in military expeditions and of those levied on animals and gardens, all of which the brothers will keep, and except for the tithes of Cratum, which have been wholly given by the bishop to magister Raimundus and the brothers of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. All returns from villani and milites will be tithed and shared, except for all those of Castrum Album, which will go to Templars and all those of Marraclea, which will go to the see of Tortosa. Both sides swear to maintain this agreement, saving the rights of the pope and the patriarchs of Antioch and Jerusalem. Witnesses: Guillelmus Tripolitanus episcopus; Florentius preceptor Tripolis; Raymundus Tripolis comes Poncii comitis filius; Arnaldus de Crest constabularius Tripolis; Guillelmus Embriacus; Guillelmus Porcelletus; Guillelmus de Lunell marescalcus; Ugo Sine Censu; Silvius Robberti; Arbertus de Cabreria; Guillelmus Rainoardi; Rainoardus; Bertrannus de Muntpetros; Guillelmus vicecomes Tripolis; Fasianus; Ugo de Liziniaco; Joselinus de Chaumunt; Pipinus de Vinoch; Gaufridus de Sydone; Guillelmus de Corniol; Poncius de Siura; Petrus de Muntferrer; Guillelmus Rotlandi; Raymundus Lamberti; Raymundus Arnaudi; Petrus Paschalis: Raymundus Cathalanus; Petrus de Sancto Germano; Petrus Galic; Bonetus; Maurus; Petrus de Castro Novo; Raymundus Fortis; of the canons of Tortosa, Guillelmus Ugonis, Poncius Cathalanus sacristes; Heliyas.
Feb. - Sept. 23. Tripoli. In the presence of Raymond II, comes Tripolitanus Poncii comitis filius, Guillelmus Tortosanus episcopus, having spoken to his chapter and to Count Raymond, together with the barones and burgenses of his curia and others, has asked Ebrardus magister templi and his brothers... more
sources: Riley-Smith, ‘The Templars and the castle of Tortosa’, pp. 284-7