La Chronique de Memmingen : histoire et luttes politiques dans une ville d’ Empire au XVe siècle

in The Medieval Chronicle 11
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While the chronicles of Augsburg or Nuremberg have been edited long ago and extensively researched, the only medieval chronicle of the South German Imperial city of Memmingen remained virtually unknown up to these days. Its authors, Erhard Wintergerst (mainly 1440–1471, although beginning with a mythical narration of the older history of the city) and Heinrich Löhlin (to 1497), were merchants from the Tucher guild and held political offices in their city ; the latter seems to have been a first-rate politician in Memmingen. Both authors share the same views on the political life of the city : both are passionate champions of the guilds in their opposition to the patricians, a lasting conflict in Memmingen ; this very personal perspective is unparalleled in other sources. It shows also how the new historical interests, developed in Augsburg or Nuremberg around 1450, extend their influence in other, smaller towns.

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