Frederick by the grace of God Emperor of the romans and always Augustus. First, therefore, we make a general proclamation concerning arsonists; that if

a free man, freedman, ministerialis, or person of any condition whatsoever that may be, commits arson, in a conflict [werra] of his own, for a friend, relation or for whatever other reason, he shall immediately be held subject to the judgement of imperial outlawry. Here shall be excluded those who capture castles openly in a declared war, and if they burn here a suburb or stable or other building lying nearby. And judges are excluded who happen to exercise the penalty of burning against malefactors owing to the requirements of justice.