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Book/Printed Material Prayer of Wessobrunn. Wessobrunner Gebet

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  • Prayer of Wessobrunn.

Other Title

  • Wessobrunner Gebet


  • This manuscript, dating from the early ninth century, contains the Wessobrunner Gebet (Prayer of Wessobrunn) and many other short works. The prayer itself, in prose, which gives the text as a whole its name, is preceded by a short creation poem, which, in nine lines of alliterative verse, seeks to explain the creation of the world out of chaos. This small literary monument is among the earliest written examples of poetry in Old High German. It has come down to us in a composite (mainly Latin) manuscript written before 814 (the death of Charlemagne is mentioned on the last page) in the diocese of Augsburg, Bavaria, more probably in the monastery of Staffelsee rather than of Wessobrunn. The manuscript includes 70 other short, mainly theological, texts. Folios 1 verso-21 recto contain the legend of the True Cross, of which the primitive illustrations, probably Bavarian, form one of the earliest cycles of non-biblical content in the history of German illumination. The manuscript is written in Carolingian minuscule and shows the influence of Anglo-Saxon script in the use of runes.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [700 to 814]


  • -  Germany--Bavaria--Augsburg
  • -  700 to 814
  • -  Bible. Old Testament
  • -  German poetry
  • -  Poetry
  • -  Prayers


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "BSB shelfmark: Clm 22053|This description of the work was written by Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas of the Bavarian State Library."--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 99 leaves : parchment, illuminations ; 18.5 x 14.1 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Bavarian State Library.
  • -  Content in Old High German (ca. 750-1050) and Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021667971

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Prayer of Wessobrunn. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 700 to 814, 0700] Pdf.

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(0700) Prayer of Wessobrunn. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 700 to 814] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Prayer of Wessobrunn. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 700 to 814, 0700] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.