The Slovenian Lands as the Armed Frontier of the Holy Roman Empire

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Lazar, Tomaž (2017)
  • Publisher: Instytut Archeologii i Etnologii Polskej Akademii Nauk / Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Science
  • Journal: Fasciculi Archeologiae Historicae (issn: 0860-0007, eissn: 0860-0007)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.23858/FAH30.2017.006

In the late Middle Ages, the Slovenian lands formed a major bulwark defending the south-eastern borders of the Holy Roman Empire. Relatively little is known of the military organisation in this strategically significant region due to the absence of sufficiently detailed primary sources. However, the recent discovery of an important and thus far unpublished document from the Bavarian State Library provides excellent insight into the structure and strength of the defensive network established by King Maximilian I of Habsburg at the beginning of the 16th century. The inventory book from Munich, Cod. icon. 222, contains extensive information on the armament kept at approximately 100 locations – from castles and towns to monasteries and fortified churches – within the historical Slovenian territories.
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