Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Probably Middle Rhine region (Germany) — Ca. 1470–1480

Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle

Alternative Titles:
  • Mittelalterliches Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg
  • Mittelalterliches Hausbuch
  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology
Short Description

Created sometime between 1470 and 1480 by a team of authors, the so-called Housebook of Wolfegg Castle is a compendium designed for use in an aristocratic household, which is noteworthy for the lively, high quality imagery that fills the pages. These 47 miniatures, vignettes, and marginalia are particularly useful for their insights into everyday life in the Late Middle Ages. Most of them consists of colored pen drawings, while others are uncolored but masterfully shaded. The text of the manuscript is divided into 6 sections: memorization techniques; astrological descriptions of the planets; illustrations of a bathhouse, a castle with moat, a tournament including the joust, hunting scenes, and an "obscene love garden"; recipes ranging from cooking to pharmacology to dying fabrics; mining, metallurgy, and assessing gold coins; weapons, siege equipment, and other military technology.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Mittelalterliches Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg
Mittelalterliches Hausbuch
Date
Ca. 1470–1480
Style
Illustrations
47 colored pen drawings
Previous Owners
1 available facsimile edition(s) of „Medieval Housebook of Wolfegg Castle“

Das Mittelalterliche Hausbuch Facsimile

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Das Mittelalterliche Hausbuch Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Prestel Verlag – Frankfurt, 1997
Commentary
1 volume by Christoph, Graf zu Waldburg Wolfegg
Languages: English, German
More Information
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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