Gesta Treverorum

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The Gesta Treverorum ( Latin , literally "the deeds of the Treverians ") are a collection of stories, sagas, legends and papal writings that encompassed the history of Trier and the Church of Trier and was created in the last years of the 11th century and records.

They were collected by the monks of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Matthias , using the Annolied as a source , which in turn is based on a Hystoria with Trier sagas and legends written around 1050 . The recording of the collection began in 1105 and continued until the end of the Electorate of Trier in 1794. The Gesta Treverorum were published - partly in sections - by Luc d'Achery (1675), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1698), Johann Georg von Eckhart (1723), Edmond Martène and Ursin Durand (1729), Augustin Calmet (1745) or Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim (1757). Johann Hugo Wyttenbach presented a first critical edition in three volumes from 1836–39.

Medieval and early modern copies of the Gesta Treverorum have been preserved in many European archives.


  • [from Eucharius to 1122] Luc d'Achery (Lucas Acherius) (Ed.): Historia Trevirensis . In: Specilegium , Vol. XII Veterum aliquot scriptorum qui in Galliae bibliothecis, maxime Benedictinorum latuerant, specilegium . Carolus Savreux, Paris 1675, pp. 196-251 ( Google Books )
    • Vol. II. 2nd ed., Ed. by Louis-François-Joseph de La Barre. Montalant, Paris 1723, pp. 207–223 ( Google Books ) (reprinted by Gregg, Farnborough 1968)
  • [from Trebeta to 1132] Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (Ed.): Gesta Treverorum ab urbe condita usque ad ann. Ch. MCXXXII. Cap. I-LXXVII . In: Accessiones historicae , Vol. I. Nikolaus Förster, Hannover 1698, 4th section, pp. 1–124 ( digitized version of the Bavarian State Library in Munich)
    • (Pp. 24–124 reprinted in :) Augustin Calmet (ed.): Gesta Trevirorum, see Historia Trevirensis. Caput XX-LXXVII . In: Histoire de Lorraine , Vol. I, Appendix Preuves servant à l'histoire de Lorraine , Vol. IA Readers, Nancy 1745, Sp. V – lxj ( Google Books )
  • [1132 to 1259] Johann Georg von Eckhart (ed.): Golscheri et Anonymi cuiusdam Gesta Archiepiscoporum Trevirensium from anno 1132 usque ad annum 1259. continuata . In: Corpus historicum medii aevi , vol. II. Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, Leipzig 1723, col. 2197–2238 ( Google Books )
  • [880 (882) to 1455] Edmond Martène, Ursin Durand (ed.): Gesta Trevirensium archiepiscoporum from anno Christi DCCCLXXX. ad annum MCCCCLV. Ex MS. codice insignis monasterii sancti Maximini and appendix . In: Veterum Scriptorum Et Monumentorum Historicorum, Dogmaticorum, Moralium, Amplissima Collectio , Vol. IV Complectens Plures Scriptores Historicos De Rebus Præsertim Germanicis . Montalant, Paris 1729, col. 141–452 and 453–520 ( Google Books )
  • [882 to 1734] Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim (Ed.): Gesta Trevirorum from anno DCCCLXXXII. ad annum MDCCXXXIV. Caput XLIII – CCXXVI with appendix I – II . In: Prodromus Historiæ Trevirensis diplomaticæ & pragmaticæ , Vol. II. Ignaz Adam Veith and Franz Anton Veith, Augsburg 1757, pp. 731–948 and pp. 949–965 ( Google Books )
  • Johann Hugo Wyttenbach, Michael Franz Joseph Müller (eds.): Gesta Trevirorum integra lectionis varietate et animadversionibus illustrata ac indice duplici instructa , nunc primum ed. ( Patrologia Latina 154), Vol. I. Lintz, Trier 1836, Sp. 1064-1338 (Digital copies:
  • [from Trebeta to 1132] Georg Waitz (Ed.): Gesta Treverorum. In: Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Scriptores 8 (1848), pp. 111-200 ( digitized from Monumenta Germaniae Historica )
  • [1132 to 1259] Georg Waitz (Ed.): Gesta Treverorum continuata. In: Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Scriptores 24 (1879), pp. 368-488 ( digitized from Monumenta Germaniae Historica)
  • Emil Zenz (ed.): The deeds of the Trier - Gesta Trevirorum . 8 volumes, Paulinus-Verlag Trier 1955 ff.


  • Friedrich Bertheau: The Gesta Trevirorum from the year 1152 to the year 1259. A source investigation . (diss. phil. Göttingen). Huth, Göttingen 1874 ( digitized in the Internet Archive)
  • Heinz Thomas : Studies on the Trier historiography of the 11th century: especially on the Gesta Treverorum . Rhenish Archive 68. Bonn 1968.
  • Heinz Thomas: 'Gesta Treverorum'. In: Burghart Wachinger et al. (Hrsg.): The German literature of the Middle Ages. Author Lexicon . 2nd, completely revised edition, ISBN 3-11-022248-5 , Volume 3: Gert van der Schüren - Hildegard von Bingen. Berlin / New York 1981, col. 34–37.
  • Michael Embach: Trier Literature History - the Middle Ages, Trier 2007 (History and Culture of the Trier Country, Vol. 8), pp. 393-399.

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Individual evidence

  1. See Guido Groß:  Müller, Michael Franz Joseph. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 18, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-428-00199-0 , p. 315 ( digitized version ).