Through an examination of the documents, nineteen categories were developed to characterize the contents of the documents. Choose a link below for a category description and a list of related documents.
A guide to this collection is also available by document number.
For a collection of documents issued by the diocese of Würzburg, one might believe that most of them would pertain to a religious matter. In fact, this is one of the smaller categories. The documents in this category contain descriptions of funeral services, rules for fasting, and similar concerns.
This category contains documents relating to the three popes (Clement XI, Innocent XIII, Benedict XIII) who ruled from 1711 to 1726. Most are papal decrees.
This broad category contains decrees mostly concerning cattle and crops (fruit and grain). In addition to agricultural products, topics represented here include imports, exports, pricing, and disease.
All decrees relating to disease, whether in humans or animals, are listed here. Also included are decrees relating to sanitation.
These documents give instructions and laws relating to hunting, including the use of dogs.
Because of the numerous wars occurring between 1711 and 1726, there are several documents in the collection that pertain to local and foreign soldiers.
These documents give laws governing beggars and also instruct others in the treatment of beggars.
These decrees give laws pertaining to thievery and also warn citizens of dangerous bands of thieves reported in the area.
Jews and gypsies are the two largest groups of people included in this category. All decrees that do not simply list these groups among the list of towns people are included here.
These are the death notices of the Bishops, Pope Clement XI, and other important people.
These are decrees issued by another authority that are being "rebroadcast" in Würzburg.
This category includes the setting of prices, importation and exportation of goods, and other general business concerns.
Most of these regulations concern coinage. Some establish "exchange" values, while others announce counterfeits. Many contain pictures.
A lottery was conducted in 1724. These three documents give rules and regulations.
All decrees relating to the assessing, collection, and paying of taxes are included here.
This, the largest category, includes not only decrees that establish fines and punishments for different crimes, but also legal decrees of a more general nature, such as building and fire ordinances.
These documents give instructions for public officials and lawyers. Guidelines for the treatment of witnesses are also included here. None of these documents are included in the Jurisprudence category.
These documents stood out in their uniqueness of topic, so have been granted their own category. These documents give instructions for what to do during a predicted solar eclipse.
Documents listed in this category are different from the others in some way. The following represent some of the possible reasons for inclusion here:
- the document was issued by someone other than current the Bishop of Würzburg,
- the contents of the document did not fit into one of the other eighteen categories,
- the printing is of a different format than the other documents,
- the document is a form to be completed.
Three documents from the numbered series are missing: 363, 374, and 449.
There are two other documents in the collection. These two are so different that they are not included in the above categories or descriptions. One article is a portion of what might have been a book printed in Leipzig in 1602. The other article is similar to the Würzburg decrees described above, but this decree is handwritten, bears a seal, and is dated 1799 from Munich.