Lexicon Topographicum of the Franconian Craises

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The Lexicon Topographicum des Fränkischen Craises is a lexicon edited by Georg Paul Hönn , which was published in 1747. The full title reads: "Lexicon Topographicum in which all of the Franconian Craises cities, monasteries, castles, market towns, and villages, their old and new names, location, last-previous and current authorities and owners, spiritual and secular servants, the sights and peculiarities, lucky and unlucky cases, freedoms, foundations, and the like, contained, from proven documents, writers, and genuine news, put together. "

Hönn's Lexicon is the second complete description of the Franconian Imperial Circle after Matthias Merian's “Topographia Franconiae” first published in 1648 . Other local encyclopedias that have appeared in the meantime are limited to the description of individual domains ( Principality of Ansbach , Hochstift Bamberg etc.).

The work consists of a preface, a biography of the author and several alphabetical lists of the toponyms . Only localities , castles and monasteries are taken into account in toponyms . In the case of localities, on the other hand, individual settlements are usually not taken into account. The respective alphabetical lists appear in the order Hochstift Bamberg (p. 1–65), Hochstift Würzburg (p. 66–196), Hochstift Eichstätt and Deutscher Orden (p. 197–222), Principality of Bayreuth (p. 223–310) , Principality of Ansbach (p. 311–389), Grafschaft Henneberg and Principality of Schwarzenberg (p. 390–434), Franconian count and imperial cities (p. 435–549).

Each lemma contains information on the type of settlement and the manorial system . The types of settlement is made between the city , (market) spots and village . Parish and church villages and hamlets are almost always referred to as villages . The information on manorial rule is limited to the most essential. In the case of localities with several landlords, these are usually not explicitly listed, but rather referred to as "mixed". Occasionally there is also information on the distance to the next largest town (in hours) or the dean's office . Additional notes according to the work title can only be found in larger towns.


  • Georg Paul Hönn: Lexicon Topographicum of the Franconian Craises . Johann Georg Lochner, Frankfurt and Leipzig 1747 ( digitized ).