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Traditionen und Statuten der Kirche zu Freising (BayHStA HL Freising 3)

statuten statutes of the diocesan chapter (fol. 54v)

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This codex bound in the early modern period comprises 127 folia. It contains a Freising Traditionsbuch of the fourteenth century, a book of statutes for the Austrian possessions of the cathedral chapter from the same period, a compendium of texts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and a late medieval, Latin version of the Alexander Romance.

The Traditionsbuch (folios 2-48) was finished in the year 1354 by the Freising canon and vicar Wernhard (cf. folio 3). It is an only slightly changed copy of the work of Conrad Sacristan (HL Freising 3c), which Wernhard understood as a documentary history of the diocese from Corbinian to Bishop Otto II (1185-1220). The authenticity of his copy Wernhard conveyed by the assumption of Conrad's entire prologue (folios 4-5), as well as the charters and historical texts of the diocese of the twelfth century (folios 33-48v). The subsequent texts provide the reader additional documents of the episcopal history of Freising: The Excerptum de Vita sancti Bonifatii (f. 49-50) recalls the origins of the diocese and its legitimation; the adjoining necrology (fol. 50v-52v), from Bishop Gerold († 1230) to Johannes Lupus († 1349 in Avignon as a member of the Roman curia), recalls the continuity of Freising up to Wernhard's present. The bishop ruling Freising in 1354, Albertus, comes de Hohenberkch, received during the year 1359 a separate memorial entry (f. 52). This necrology, also found in the manuscript HL Freising 3c, indeed immediately after the Traditionsbuch of Conrad Sacristan (f. 122v-124), allows one to discern the effort of Freising's scriptorium in the fourteenth century to reproduce its own history coherently.

On empty pages in the codex HL Freising 3 (fol. 52v-53) was written the Ingolstädter Theologische Doktoreneid by a later hand.

Folios 54v-61v hand down the Statuta Ecclesie Frisingensis of the cathedral chapter, followed by other texts concerning the daily life and duties of the Freising diocesan chapter (fol. 62-78v). It concludes with a compendium of texts for school instruction: the main text is the Alexander Romance (fol. 80-122v), followed by the letter of the legendary Prester John (f. 123-126) and the Dicta Rabimoysi (fo. 126-126v), which is frequently found alongside the Alexander Romance.

Adelheid Krah (IÖG, Universität Wien)
Translated by Hans Hummer (Wayne State University)