Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg: The by Charlotte A. Stanford

By Charlotte A. Stanford

The booklet of Donors for Strasbourg cathedral is a rare medieval record courting from ca. 1320-1520, with 6,954 entries from artisan, service provider and aristocratic periods. those contributors indexed presents to the cathedral development fund given in trade for prayers for the donors' souls. the development directors (the Oeuvre Notre-Dame) additionally outfitted a chapel devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary within the nave that housed the booklet and showcased prayers and much for the development benefactors. Chapel, ebook and west entrance undertaking shaped a 3 half commemorative approach that appealed to the devoted of town and effectively competed opposed to different spiritual institutions additionally providing memorial prone. Charlotte A. Stanford's learn is the 1st to comprehensively learn the unpublished ebook of Donors manuscript and express the kinds and styles of presents made to the cathedral. It additionally compares those reward entries with these in past obituary files stored through the cathedral canons, in addition to different medieval obituary notices stored by means of parish church buildings and convents in Strasbourg. research of the e-book of Donors notes the rise of non-public info and requests in fifteenth-century entries and discusses different memorial possibilities to be had to the religious. This learn attracts a vibrant photo of lifestyles in past due medieval Strasbourg as obvious throughout the lens of devotional and memorial practices, and should be of specific curiosity to students of artwork heritage, reminiscence, and medieval city lifestyles.

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The multiple currencies listed here are also clues to the late date of both entries. Florins do not appear as coinage in the early entries of the book; it is not until the early fifteenth century that they are listed. As Heinricus must have been dead by 1411, and as his calendar entry was written before his death, this information provides a cross-check for the calendar entry. Despite the differing details of 1 florin for his body’s health (fol. 175v) and 50 florins in custody (fol. 368), the amounts do tally for the anniversary: both entries mention 10 shillings per year for the anniversary expenses.

MAGRI . ERWI/ NI + ANNO . D O . M° . CCC° . / XVIII + XVI . KL . FE/ BRVARII . Ø . MAGR/ ERWIN’ . GVBERNA/ TOR . FABRICE . EC / CLIE . ARGNTI/ ANNO . DNI. MCCC/ XXVIIII . XV . KL . A/ PPRILIS . Ø . MAGI/ STER . IOHANNES/ FILIVS . ERWNI/ MAGRI . OPRIS . X. , 1876), 376. The office of gubernator was roughly that of an overseer; see Chapter 2. 19 Marot and Lemaître, eds, Répertoire, vol. 1, 78. 16 Commemorating the Dead in Late Medieval Strasbourg 20 of Erwin’s wife and son in the text is problematic as they are clearly listed on the tombstone as Husa and John but are noted in the manuscript as Adelheidis and Winlinus.

1380) and Wurtz Jeckel (fol. 175v, June 25, ca. midfifteenth century). The latter is probably a trade designation. 35 Johannes d(i)c(t)us Mosung (fol. 264v, September 22, ca. 1390). , from the entry “Conradus, filius judicis,” the judge is noted as a relative of the donor). 6. *A burggrave is a lord of a feudal castle. † Rex chori is a canon’s post; see Chapter 4, n. 29. 5 Continued Secular Religious Unidentifiable Donor’s relative 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 21 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1948 56% 0 33 less than 1% 1 464 1% 0 186 5% Totals 0 15 2 3 1 1 1 1 25 4 0 1 2631 76% Note: (Percentages are rounded).

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