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Social Sciences - History / Austrian history
|German term or phrase: Marktrichter |
|Another high official in a medieval town, might have had primarily commercial or administrative, as opposed to legal, responsibilities (?)|
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|I think this is right. The place in question was a city (not a market town) which possessed the right to hold a weekly market. The Marktrichter seems to have been responsible for the market only--the town also had a Hofrichter. Thank you to all.|
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Duties included assigning stall locations, inspecting goods to protect buyers from shoddy materials, and ensured that the fees and rents owed the monarch were collected and delivered.
"Court cases involving market transactions were handled by a market judge with specialized knowledge of trade matters, who also made sure that the sovereign received the rents and fees to which he was entitled." Jean W. Sedlar, *East Central Europe in the Middle Ages, 1000-1500*, "Towns and Townspeople" (UWashP, 1994), p. 134
"In 1785, Perchtoldsdorf – like all small towns in the country – received a "regulated municipal council". Instead of the market judge it was now a mayor who headed the municipal council."
Market, in the since of towns receiving the priviledge to hold a market once or more times yearly, did accrete the meaning of a town larger than a village but smaller than a town, but the Marktrichter was not originally related to the town designation, but to his activities in regulating the market, the merchants, and their merchandise.
| Rebecca Garber|
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