The death records of Merseyside, Magdeburg and Lüneburg

The Book of the Dead as a memorial to imperial history Zeugnise: Until the founding of the time “Monumental Germaniae Historica” goes back the history of exploration of the so-called Merseburg Book of the Dead. 1821 wrote in the Archives of the Society for Older German History class Ludwig Hesse and the Codex 129 the Merseburg Cathedral Library, preceded in which a calendar with the entries of names of deceased saints and feasts the Sacramentary, that is used by Merseyside Thietmar.

13 Years later he published the death records with identifying remarks and made it a statement, which seems to have still not lost its topicality history of science: “Among the historical sources of the Middle Ages and maintain calendars Necrologien an excellent location and easily earn greater attention, so far as they approached”.

A Minden businessman, Ernst Frederick Moyer drew his conclusions, and devoted entirely to continuing his studies and lore-Necrologien fürhrte Hesse identification tests. The still-to-use edition of the Lüneburg Necrologs, that in a parchment manuscript of the early 13. Century was, in the 2. World War II is in the Lower Saxony State Archive Hanover burned, dates from the early days of the “Monumental Germaniae Historica”.

Despite the loss of the manuscript collection are Wedekind's Edition can be clearly seen, has directed that they have to look in detail at the original manuscript. Magdeburg's Book of the Dead is a restriction on the narrow radius of a church, their families and their sponsors awarded, because of the holiday calendar of Codex was Bruxellensis 1814-1816 the Magdeburg practice adapted. In the dead of the calendar entries can be found for the period up 1009 the entire cathedral chapter of Magdeburg again.

The names of the people of Merseyside Necrologien, Magdeburg and Lüneburg are not only important evidence for the historical faculty research, but also for the Semiotica- and name of the so-called research “Altsächsischen”. As such they are already by Erik Rooth, William Schlaug and others considered and included in their study were. The register provides personal names submitted lemmatized the linguists and researchers in the name of facsimile reproduction of the handwritten verifiable evidence.


Gerd Althoff and Joachim Wollasch, Hahnsche bookshop, Hanover 1983 (Printed with support from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and by the BSB Munich Download provided)


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