Petition und Interview zu den Handschriften von Altomünster (bitte unterschreiben, bisher gut 1600 Unterschriften)

Wir berichteten:

Herablassend antwortete mir die Erzdiözese auf eine Anfrage: “Die Bücher werden konservatorisch fachgerecht behandelt und der Forschung selbstverständlich zugänglich gemacht werden. Wir haben dafür übrigens ausgezeichnete Fachleute in unserem Erzbischöflichen Archiv und sind in der Lage, die derzeit notwendigen Dinge selbst zu veranlassen.“

Was man im Interview über die Behandlung der Liturgie-Experten liest, ist übel:

“No church official responded to our emails, letters, or phone calls.”

Schier zieht den Schluss:

“Taking all this into account, we cannot conclude that the whole matter has been handled in a professional way.”

Siehe auch einen ausführlichen Text auf

19.1.2017 Pressemitteilung zur Übernahme des Klosters

20.1.2017 Bericht von Karoline Döring

23.1.2017 Stellungnahme der Petenten

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

Ein Gedanke zu „Petition und Interview zu den Handschriften von Altomünster“

  1. Reactions to the Press Conference and the Press Release by the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising on January 17, 2017

    We are relieved that the diocese reiterated its statement that it will not sell the Altomünster library, although we would have preferred an insurance that the entire collection at Altomünster, which spans a time frame of several centuries, is kept together.

    We do have to take issue with several of the statements made by diocesan officials:
    The diocese claims that it will make all manuscripts available by 2018 in digital form. By that time it will be more than two years since the library was discovered. Scholars cannot accept this long delay and we do not see any reason why the books cannot be made available sooner. A discovery of this significance must not be held back. As we pointed out repeatedly, access via digital files is not sufficient for scholars who study the material evidence in the manuscripts. We therefore ask the diocese to inform us when and where we can examine the physical objects.

    The diocese claims that in addition to six antiphoners studied by Viveca Servatius in 1990 no significantly “larger inventory” of unknown manuscripts exists. The one exception is an “unresearched” paper manuscript supposedly containing the Rule of the Birgittine order, which probably refers to an illuminated miscellany manuscript from the monastery of Maihingen. The census taken by Birgittine manuscript specialists Eva Lindqvist Sandgren, Karin Strinnholm Lagergren, and Michelle Urberg, which is backed by photographic documentation, records a much larger collection of late-medieval and early-modern manuscripts. For example, the diocese never addresses the existence or whereabouts of what we (based on our tentative assessment) believe to be the most valuable piece of the collection, the final volume of an illuminated five-volume edition of the Revelations of Saint Birgitta, produced at the end of the 15th century for the Birgittine fathers of the monastery of Dendermonde in Flanders.

    Our findings underscore that in most categories of liturgical books the library at Altomünster houses the largest collection of Birgittine manuscripts worldwide. The discrepancies between our census and the figures that the diocese released need to be reconciled as quickly as possible. If indeed the books are no longer there, alerts must be sent to libraries and rare book dealers worldwide. The initial work that must be undertaken is clearly not archival – as stated by the diocese – but library-oriented. Qualified codicologists must be involved from the start.

    Volker Schier

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