Chronicle of the Council of Constance

Chronicle of the Council of Constance Facsimile Edition

Constance (Germany) — Ca. 1465

A splendidly adorned chronicle of the festivities, ceremonies, and other unofficial events surrounding the historic Council of Constance

  1. Ulrich von Richental (ca. 1360–1437) wrote his chronicle in the local Alemannic dialect

  2. It is the detailed account of a citizen of Constance who experienced the events firsthand

  3. 98 masterful pen and ink drawings, some full-page, and 804 coats of arms adorn the work

Chronicle of the Council of Constance

Hs. 1 Rosengartenmuseum (Lucerne, Switzerland)
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Chronicle of the Council of Constance

Held between 1414 and 1418, the Council of Constance was one of the most important ecumenical councils of the Middle Ages, which inter alia ended the Western Schism. Ulrich of Richtenthal, a citizen of Constance, chronicled this important series of meetings among the European clergy and nobility. However, while other sources focused on the theological debates and diplomatic negotiations, Richtenthal chronicles the festivities and ceremonies surrounding the Council as well as traffic in the city and other unofficial events. Written in the local Alemannic dialect of German, the text of this manuscript written on paper ca. 1465 is adorned by 98 masterful pen and ink drawings that resemble woodcuts, some of them full-pages, and 804 coats of arms.


Alternative Titles
Konzilchronik des Ulrich Richental
Chronicle of the Council of Constance by Ulrich Richental
Das Konzil zu Konstanz
Konzil von Konstanz
Ca. 1465
Littera bastarda
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
J. Thorbecke – Constance, 1964
Facsimile Editions

#1 Das Konzil zu Konstanz

J. Thorbecke – Constance, 1964

Publisher: J. Thorbecke – Constance, 1964
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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