Karlmann Document

Karlmann Document

Germany — 878

A document by the great grandson of Charlemagne: one of the oldest documents concerning the region of Carinthia

  1. King Carloman of Bavaria (ca. 830–880), aka Karlmann, donated land to his favorite monastery in Ötting, Bavaria in 878

  2. The document mentions Carinthia under its oldest name, Karantanien, and provides important information

  3. The description of the royal demesne allows us to draw interesting conclusions on its size, nature, and structure

Karlmann Document

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  2. Facsimile Editions (2)
Description
Karlmann Document

Monastic donations were an important means for European nobles to patronize the arts and education while also making assurances for their immortal souls. Great kings had more to atone for than most, including King Carloman of Bavaria (ca. 830–880), aka Karlmann. Aside from the actual donation itself to Ötting Abbey in Bavaria, the document provides important information about the region of Carinthia, listed as "Karatanien", various place names, as well as the history of transport.

Karlmann Document

On 9 September, 878 the Carolingian King Carloman, aka Karlmann, father of the eventual King and Emperor Arnulf, issued the Karlmann Document stipulating the donation of some land in Carinthia to his favorite monastery in Bavaria, Ötting. The object of the donation was the royal demesne of Treffen, north of Villach and west of Lake Ossiach. The document mentions Carinthia under its oldest name: Karantanien. Moreover, it provides many important place names and relevant information regarding the history of transport. Finally, the description of the boundaries of the royal demesne allows us to draw interesting conclusions on its size, nature, and structure.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Karlmann-Diplom
Carloman Document
Charter to Establish Monastery at Ötting, Bavaria
Karlmann-Diplome
Size / Format
1 sheet / 57.0 × 43.3 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
878
Language
Script
Carolingian minuscule
Illustrations
Elegant script and a seal with the likeness of Carloman
Content
Aside from the donation to Ötting Abbey in Bavaria, the document provides important information about the region of Carinthia, listed under its oldest name: "Karantanien"

Available facsimile editions:
Karlmann Document – Kärntner Landesarchiv (Klangenfurt, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1996
Limited Edition: 200 copies

Facsimile Editions

#1 Das Karlmann-Diplom (Deluxe Edition)

Limited Edition: 200 copies
Binding: The document has been trimmed in accordance with the original. Facsimile and commentary in a cloth case. A reproduction of the original seal is included.
Commentary: 1 volume (17 pages) by Alfred Ogris
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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#2 Das Karlmann-Diplom (Normal Edition)

Commentary: 1 volume (17 pages) by Alfred Ogris
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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