An Inventory of Church of Staffelsee, 812
Ecclesiastical materials and goods of great variety are here described. As objects
of wealth they were also items of trade. The materials of which the goods were made are
noteworthy as showing what metals and textiles were in use at the time of Charlemagne.
We found in the island called Staffelsee a church built in honor of St. Michael,
within which was an altar finished in gold and silver. There were five gilded reliquaries
adorned with glass-like gems and crystals, and one copper reliquary gilded in parts. One
small gilded cross of reliquaries with a key of silvered metal; and another larger cross
finished in gold and silver and with glass-like gems. Over the same altar there hangs a
silver crown, gilded in parts, weighing two pounds, and in the center there hangs a small
cross made of copper and gilded, and a crystal orb, and all around that crown are
thirty-five rows of smaller gems of different colors. There are 3 solidi of silver money.
There are four bronze pendants worth 17 denarii. Two silver chalices, of which one, carved
on the outside and gilded, is worth, together with its paten, 30 solidi, and the other,
carved on the outside, together with its paten is worth 15 solidi. One silver alms-dish
worth 6 solidi. One silver pyx with copper decoration, for containing incense, is worth 6
solidi. Another is worth 5 solidi. We found there a silver thurible, gilded in parts,
worth 30 solidi. Another one of old copper. One copper cruet. Another of silver alloy. One
copper basin and cruet. One large glass ewer. Two small glass cruets containing the sacred
chrism. Two crucifixes hang above the same church, having two gilded copper discs on the
We found there two plain chasubles, one of colored wool. One dalmatic, one silk
dalmatic, seven albs, four amices, thirteen linen corporals embroidered with silk for
placing upon the altar. Eight palls for covering the altar. Two woolen palls, colored, for
placing upon the altar. Two colored linen palls. Twenty altar cloths finished in silk.
Four silk maniples embroidered with gold and pearls, and four other silk maniples. Four
corporals, two stoles, one cushion embroidered with silk. There are two glass wine
vessels; three tables of lead, one marble altar, one hundred and seventy communion
flagons; one fald-stool.
J. P. Migne, ed., Patrologiae Cursus Completus, (Paris, 1862), Vol. XCVII, p.
341; reprinted in Roy C. Cave & Herbert H. Coulson, A Source Book for Medieval
Economic History, (Milwaukee: The Bruce Publishing Co., 1936; reprint ed., New York:
Biblo & Tannen, 1965), pp. 313-314.
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