initiator: Baldwin I
recipient: Church of Bethlehem
text: Sept. 24 1109 - Mar. 24 1110. After an account of the liberation of Jerusalem, the election of Godfrey [karissimus frater meus] to the office of sancte civitatis gubernator and Godfrey’s death primo principatus sui anno peracto, Baldwin, ab exultante clero principibus et populo primus rex Francorum nutu divino electus atque statutus, describes how he was crowned in the church of Bethlehem and announces that he wanted to raise Bethlehem to the status of bishopric. After consulting Arnulfus archidiaconus and the chapter [of the church of the Holy Sepulchre] in Jerusalem, he sent Arnulfus archidiaconus and Aicardus decanus to Rome for advice. Pope Paschal II ordered Archbishop Gibelin of Arles to hear the case presented by Arnulfus and Aicardus and to follow them to Jerusalem. Gibelin, on the orders of Paschal and with the agreement of the chapter of the church of the Holy Sepulchre, chose and installed Aschetinus eiusdem ecclesie cantor, who had already been elected bishop of Ascalon, as bishop of Bethlehem.  Ascalon was subjected to Bethlehem. Confirming this, Baldwin, dei gratia rex Ierusalem Latinorum primus, also confirms the eleemosynary gift [to benefit among others the soul of Godfrey misericordissimus dux] he had made to the church of Bethlehem of the villa of Bethlehem and the following casalia: Bedar in the territory of Acre; Seylon in the territory of Nablus; Bethbazan/Bethbezen/Bethlezen next to Bethlehem; Zeophir/Zoephyr and Carcapha/Carchapha/Carapha in the territory of Ascalon. He has solved the disputes Bethlehem had had with the church of Jerusalem through the exchange of lands and vineyards in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem. He threatens judgement on any who should dispute this grant after his death and promises to confirm any gift to Bethlehem made by his magnates, knights and burgesses [optimates, milites, burgenses]. The charter is dated to the period in which Archbishop Gibelin of Arles, the papal legate, was elected to the patriarchate of Jerusalem. Witnesses: Arnulfus archidiaconus; Aicardus decanus; Eustachius Granerius; Anselmus turris David custos; Radulfus de Fontaneto; Pisellus vicecomes; Simon ducis filius; Anfredus vir religiosus; Girardus camerarius and many others.
Sept. 24 1109 - Mar. 24 1110. After an account of the liberation of Jerusalem, the election of Godfrey [karissimus frater meus] to the office of sancte civitatis gubernator and Godfrey’s death primo principatus sui anno peracto, Baldwin, ab exultante clero principibus et populo primus rex Francorum... more
sources: Mayer, UKJ 1:159-64, no. 40 (RRH no. 59)