By Charlotte A. Stanford
The e-book of Donors for Strasbourg cathedral is a rare medieval rfile relationship from ca. 1320-1520, with 6,954 entries from artisan, service provider and aristocratic sessions. those participants indexed presents to the cathedral building fund given in alternate for prayers for the donors' souls. the development directors (the Oeuvre Notre-Dame) additionally equipped a chapel devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary within the nave that housed the ebook and showcased prayers and lots more and plenty for the development benefactors. Chapel, publication and west entrance undertaking shaped a 3 half commemorative approach that appealed to the trustworthy of the town and effectively competed opposed to different spiritual institutions additionally delivering memorial providers. Charlotte A. Stanford's research is the 1st to comprehensively research the unpublished e-book of Donors manuscript and express the categories and styles of presents made to the cathedral. It additionally compares those present entries with these in prior obituary documents stored by means of the cathedral canons, in addition to different medieval obituary notices stored via parish church buildings and convents in Strasbourg. research of the e-book of Donors notes the rise of private info and requests in fifteenth-century entries and discusses different memorial possibilities to be had to the religious. This learn attracts a brilliant photo of existence in past due medieval Strasbourg as obvious in the course of the lens of devotional and memorial practices, and should be of specific curiosity to students of paintings background, reminiscence, and medieval city existence.
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Olidi) . cappellanis q(ui) p(er)agant(ur) anni(ver)sariu(m) p(re)d(ic)ti / hei(n)rici et o(mn)i p(ro)ge(n)itor(um) suor(um) cu(m) vigilijs et miss(a) p(ro) defu(n)ct(o) (fol. 175v, June 25, 1411). 29 This is the modern rue Brûlée, which, during the medieval period, was an aristocratic neighborhood. See Roland Recht, Jean-Pierre Klein, and Georges Foessel, Connaître Strasbourg (Strasbourg: Éditions Alsatia, 1988), 114–5. 30 In the bishop’s ruling for mint prices in 1340, a mark (or 8 ounces of silver) was worth 2 livres and 18 pfennigs.
Item, Gisela called Obesselerin died and gave 10 shillings (ca. 1318). Item, Salegudis called Ruselin died and gave a toga (ca. 1318). Item, Gerdrudis and Ellina of Ratzenhusen gave 10 unciae (ca. 1318). Item, Wolvelinus died and gave a house (ca. 1318). Item, Wernherus called Kempfe died and gave 10 shillings and a vestem (ca. 1318). Item, Rulindis of Trentheim died and gave a pallium and 12 unciae (ca. 1318). Item, Johannes called Phaffenlap died and gave his perparamta (ca. 1318). Item, Heinricus knight of Riegol died and gave 4 marks of silver (ca.
The identification tag makes it clear that this is not the same man as the All Saints founder: In the year of Our Lord 1411, Heinricus Mulnheim, a knight living in Brantgass, gave, for his health and while yet living in the body, to this fabrica of the church of Strasbourg 50 florins on the condition that each procurator of the said fabrica should celebrate an anniversary for him, for all time, for a single year on the day after the Blessed John the Baptist, along with the prebend and chaplain for the altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the chaplain will be assigned a rent of 10 shillings of Strasbourg, and the chaplain of this fabrica will ensure the continued existence of the prebend holder and priest of this said altar by giving also to each of them on the day after St.