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Country of Location:
Country of Location
Switzerland
Location:
Location
Sarnen
Library / Collection:
Library / Collection
Staatsarchiv Obwalden
Settlement, shelfmark:
Settlement, shelfmark
Sig. A.02.CHR.0003
Manuscript Title:
Manuscript Title
The “White Book of Sarnen”
Caption:
Caption
Paper · 508 pp. · 30–30.5 x 21–22 cm · Sarnen · 1470–1607
Language:
Language
German, Latin
Manuscript Summary:
Manuscript Summary
The "White Book of Sarnen" was assembled by the Obwalden Chancellery Clerk Hans Schriber (1436-1478). It is called the “White Book” because it was originally bound in a white pigskin cover. It contains copies of privileges, alliances, and important decisions by the courts of arbitration and the Landesgemeinden beginning in 1316, and was written for the most part in the years 1470/1471. It is the most important cartulary from the Obwalden Chancellery during the late Middle Ages and, as such, is still part of the city archives today. However, this book is famous above all because it contains the oldest version of the story of the founding of the Swiss Confederation on a mere 25 pages (pp. 441465). The volume also includes the story of William Tell and the famous shooting of the apple: (“Weisses Buch”, p. 447: Nu was der Tall gar ein güt Schütz er hat oüch hübsche kind die beschigt der herre zü imm / vnd twang den Tallen mit sinen knechten / das der Tall eim sim kind ein öpfel ab dem höupt müst schiessen …).
Standard description:
Standard description
Beschreibung von Regula Schmid Keeling, 2012.
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DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
DOI (Digital Object Identifier
10.5076/e-codices-staow-A02CHR0003 (http://dx.doi.org/10.5076/e-codices-staow-A02CHR0003)
Permanent link:
Permanent link
http://e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/staow/A02CHR0003
IIIF Manifest URL:
IIIF Manifest URL
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How to quote:
How to quote
Sarnen, Staatsarchiv Obwalden, Sig. A.02.CHR.0003: The “White Book of Sarnen” (http://e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/staow/A02CHR0003).
Online Since:
Online Since
03/22/2012
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Front cover
Front cover
Spine
Spine
Back cover
Back cover
Ruler on page
Ruler on page
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