Kurland Property Records

This publication entitled “Kurland Property Records” opens up an essential source on Livonian history of the late Middle Ages and Reformation period, and makes these materials available and usable for research. In particular, it provides new insights on matters relating to economic, social and population history.
In cooperation with Klaus Neitmann (Baltic Historical Commission Göttingen/Potsdam), edited by Daphne Schadewaldt.

The “property records”, which concern rural land tenure during the latter period of the Duchy of Kurland, are primarily fiefdom documents, bills of sale, and mortgage deeds as well as documents relating to, among other things, marriage agreements, boundary inspections, judicial disputes, and annuity business. These are documents that were omitted when the Livonian, Estonian and Kurland record book was published, so this edition presents a collection of sources that have, until now, remained largely unknown. The publication covers the time period from the year 1230, when the first documents were handed down, until the end of Livonian independence in 1526.

The publication project received financial support from the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Foundation in Frankfurt am Main, and the work was carried out, at intervals, from April 1998 until the end of March 2003. The editing process began with the rediscovery of a manuscript by German-Baltic historian Albert Bauer, which was held in the Institute’s document collection. In the 1930s and 1950s, Bauer had gathered a large number of significant source materials from various archives (522 documents in total, 381 of which contained text). As part of the project, originals and/or photographs of these documents were collated, processed and edited using a critical methodology, and numerous additional pieces from archives in Berlin, Riga, Stockholm, and Copenhagen were collected and incorporated. The resulting publication contains close to 1,100 relevant and significant documents.

The text of the records is in german.

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OM. Johann von der Recke transsumiert eine Urkunde des Landmarschalls Heinrich von Galen (Erg. 969) betreffend die Grenzen der Güter des Mattis Huroder an der Spilwe. Wenden, 1549 Okt. 3
Grenzbegehung/Konfirmation Vollregest künftig in Livländische Güterurkunden Bd. 3 Nr. 196. zusatztext Wi Johann von der Recke, meister Duitsches ordens tho Lyflande, doen kundt, bekennen und betuigen in und mit dißem unserm apenen vorsegelden breve vor alß weme, nachdeme twischen dem wirdigen achtbarn unserm leven andechtigen hern landtmarschalck tho Lyflande unsers ordens an einem und dem achtbarn und wohlgelarten unserm leven getruwen Mattis Huroder andern deils etliche scheidingsirrung gewesen, die sie dannumalß up gnedigs begern unsers vorfaren seliger gedechtnuß nach vorgander besichtigung frunttlich vorgelicken vermoge darover upgerichten vordrachts breves, und dieweilen uns gedachter Mattis umb gnedige confirmation solches breves unterdenigst heft bidden laten, hebben wy ehme die billich nicht affschlaen konnen und luidet van worden tho worden wie volgett: {\em Folgt Erg. 969.} Demnach wy mit consente, willen und vulborth unser wirdigen herrn medegebiediger gedachte verdracht in ehren clausulen und articulen confirmeren, bestedigen und bevestigen gemelten Mattis Huroder und allen synen rechten wahren erven gonnendt gevende und vorthan, wath in dersulven sowoll andern unsers vorvaders ehme gegevenen segeln und breven entholden, gegeven und vorlhenet ist worden. In urkundt und mehrer bevestigung der warheit hebben wy Johan, meister obgemelt, unser ingesigell rechtes wetendeß unden an dißen brief laten hangen, die gegeven und geschreven is tho Wenden donnerdags nach Michaelis nach Christi unsers hern geburth vyfteinhundert und darnach im negenundeviertigesten jare.
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A: Ausf.
Material: Perg.
Archiv: GStAPK, VIII. HA B 24: Sammlung Stavenhagen Urk. Nr. 409