Ostarrichi Document

Ostarrichi Document

Bruchsal (Germany) — November 1st, 996

1000 years of Felix Austria: the "founding" certificate of Austria

  1. The oldest surviving record of the term "Ostarrichi", an archaic form of the modern "Österreich" (Austria)

  2. The term was already in use in the 10th century, a sign of the emerging Austrian identity

  3. Austria celebrated a millennium in 1996 and as such this historic document played a central role therein

Ostarrichi Document

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  2. Facsimile Editions (2)
Description
Ostarrichi Document

A document dated November 1st, 996 is the oldest surviving record of the term "Ostarrichi", an archaic form from which the modern "Austria" derives. It records what had likely been a long established geographic term referring to the region south of the Danube: Ostarrichi.

Ostarrichi Document

Austria celebrated a millennium in 1996. The earliest reference in writing to "Ostarrichi", an archaic form of the name by which Austria (Österreich) is known today, appeared one thousand years ago, in a document dated November 1st, 996, to be precise. This does not necessarily imply that Austria only came into existence a mere 1000 years ago, nor does it mean that the term Ostarrichi was adopted overnight, as it were. On the contrary, it is more likely that it simply records for the first time in writing what had probably long since been a perfectly normal way of referring to the region south of the Danube, namely as Ostarrichi.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Ostarrichi-Urkunde
Size / Format
1 sheet / 48.0 × 57.0 cm
Origin
Germany
Date
November 1st, 996
Style

Available facsimile editions:
Ostarrichi document – Kaiserselekt 859 – Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv (Munich, Germany)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1996

Die Ostarrichi-Urkunde (Normal Edition)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1996
Facsimile Editions

#1 Die Ostarrichi-Urkunde (Luxury Edition)

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#2 Die Ostarrichi-Urkunde (Normal Edition)

Commentary: 1 volume (24 pages) by Adam Wandruszka
Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
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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