Gottfried Edmund Friess

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Gottfried Edmund Frieß OSB (born October 1, 1836 in Waidhofen an der Ybbs ; † January 18, 1904 in Seitenstetten ) was an Austrian Benedictine monk. He was a historian and teacher as well as librarian and archivist in the Seitenstetten Abbey .


Gottfried Edmund came from a family that had lived in Waidhofen an der Ybbs for a long time. He attended the Stiftsgymnasium Kremsmünster and entered the Benedictine monastery in Seitenstetten as a novice on October 17, 1857 . Exactly one year later, on October 17, 1858, he took the simple and on April 20, 1862 the solemn religious vows . In Sankt Pölten , Frieß was ordained a priest on July 27, 1862 and was able to hold his first mass himself a few weeks later . He was also active as a supplement at the Stiftsgymnasium in Seitenstetten .

From 1862 to 1867 Frieß studied as a candidate for teaching history and geography at the University of Vienna . As early as 1866 he accepted a position as a high school teacher for history and geography at the Seitenstetten collegiate high school , which he held until his death. In 1874 he was appointed librarian at the Seitenstetten Abbey Library and one year later he was appointed curator of the kuk Central Commission for Art and Historical Monuments in Lower Austria. In 1879 he received his doctorate as Dr. phil. , in the same year he was also given the post of monastery archivist in Seitenstetten Abbey.

Pope Leo XIII appointed him from 1885 to 1886 . to Rome , where he took part in the publication of the regests of Pope Clement V from the Vatican archives . Since 1868 Frieß himself worked as an author. His extensive literature includes above all the history of the Benedictine order, Austrian history and the regional history of Lower Austria. The work is characterized by a comprehensive use of sources and their critical evaluation. Some writings are still standard works today . He published articles in the archive for Austrian history , the sheets and yearbooks of the Association for Regional Studies of Lower Austria, the programs of the kk Obergymnasium in Seitenstetten and the studies and reports on the history of the Benedictine order and its branches . For his services, Frieß received the gold medal for art and science and the gold cross of merit with a crown . He was master of the Free German Hochstift in Frankfurt am Main .

Gottfried Edmund Frieß died on January 18, 1904, at the age of 67, in Seitenstetten Abbey. In his hometown Waidhofen an der Ybbs, a street, the Gottfried Frieß-Gasse, was named in his honor.

Publications (selection)

  • Ludwig Ströhmer, Abbot of Seitenstetten. ( Nekrolog ) Waidhofen 1868.
  • Studies on the work of the Benedictines in Austria for culture, science and art. (5 parts) Seitenstetten 1868–1872.
  • History of the former collegiate monastery Ardagger in Lower Austria. Vienna 1871.
  • The gentlemen of Kuenring. Vienna 1873.
  • Dietrich the Marshal of Pilichsdorf. Linz 1881.
  • History of the Austrian Minorite Province. Vienna 1882.
  • Duke Albrecht V of Austria and the Husites. Waidhofen. 1883.
  • The oldest books of the dead from the Admont Benedictine monastery in Styria. Vienna 1885.
  • The necrology of the Benedictine nunnery of St. Erentrudis on the Nonnberg in Salzburg. Vienna 1887.
  • The city of Waidhofen an der Ybbs in peace and in battle. Waidhofen 1892.
  • Was Paul Rebhun, the first German art dramatist, born in Waidhofen an der Ips? Vienna 1894.


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