Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter

Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Hs. A 1 – Archiv von St. Peter (Salzburg, Austria)

Salzburg (Austria) — Around 784

Austrian-Bavarian history and a rare glimpse into the spiritual world of an Irish bishop in Salzburg

  1. In this historical work, saints of the Salzburg prayer community, living and deceased, are listed beginning with the year 784 and ending in the 13th century

  2. It also gives insight into the worldview of Bishop Vergil (d. 784), an Irish cleric living in Austria

  3. Finally, the manuscript represents a unique linguistic and paleographic witness

Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter

The Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter is an important document of Austro-Bavarian history because it gives the viewer a close-up look at the early days of the Christianization of Salzburg. A fraternity book contains the names of the members of religious orders, secular priests and laymen who joined together in a community of prayer transcending death. The members promised each other mutual help through prayer, celebrations of Mass, and good works. The most famous member of this community was the Irish bishop Virgil, who from 749, 10 years after the foundation of the diocese, shaped the later archbishopric and at the same time presided over St Peter's Abbey. The long series of members begins in 784, the year of Virgil's death, and ends only in the 13th century. Thus, the manuscript today represents a unique ecclesiastical, linguistic, and paleographic testimony.

Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter

The Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter in Salzburg is a monastic register and one of the oldest and most venerable monuments of Bavarian-Austrian history. It was written ca. 784 in Salzburg and was appended until the mid-13th century, making it the oldest, fully preserved written witness of Christian Salzburg during the time of Bishop Virgil (died 784).

A Christian Fraternity in Salzburg

This famous Codex A 1 from the monastic archives in St. Peter, Salzburg contains the names of diocesan priests and laymen who were members of a spiritual fraternity that sought to obtain spiritual help in this life and after death through prayer, missal sacrifice, and good deeds. However, the manuscript is not only valuable regarding the history of the church, but also served as a unique linguistic and paleographic witness.

A Window into the Medieval Mind

Out of all the codices of this genre, the Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter, an archabbey in Salzburg, represents a unique specimen. Its value lays not only in an abundance of important historical, paleographic and linguistic material but moreover an historical theological phenomenon becomes visible; the worldwide Christian attitude of the Archbishop Virgil surfaces, an Irishman in the midst of the Bavarian-Frankish region.


Alternative Titles
Verbrüderungsbuch von St. Peter
Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter in Salzburg
Size / Format
39 pages / 36.3 × 24.5 cm
Around 784

Available facsimile editions:
Verbrüderungsbuch of St. Peter – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Hs. A 1 – Archiv von St. Peter (Salzburg, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1974
Facsimile Editions

#1 Verbrüderungsbuch von St. Peter

Binding: Cloth
Commentary: 1 volume (40 pages) by Karl Forstner and Karl F. Hermann
Language: German

K. Forstner, Salzburg. 40 pp. with 30 illustrations. Introductory remarks by K. F. Hermann.
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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