1437-1467 Hans Talhoffer is the Kastner of Hohenburg

In 1437 Hans Talhoffer is named as the Kastner of Hohenburg. In 1444 he becomes the owner of the house he already lives in for some time. In 1467 he sells this house. The following article was written in April 2011 and updated  May 2015 based on new researches done by Dr. Daniel Burger (Staatsarchiv Nürnberg).

The place Hohenburg is a village under the hill at the small river Lauterach and castle of Hohenfels. This village is the center of a market place and had been the home of the counts with the same name who left their place in history dying in the dungeons of Sicily. The place came under the governance of the Bishops of Regensburg around 1258. In 1304 it was given to a Bishop named Frauenberger and since then it was under the control of a descendant, the business of the place itself was often given to a senior official (Pfleger). Today the castle is decayed.

Hans Talhoffer was in the service of the archbishops of Salzburg and of the bishops of Regensburg. We find him in his duty as a Kastner (“bursary officer”) of Hohenburg in May 1437 (5).

Der erber weis Conrat Hager zu Froberzhofen cum sig Hans Thalhofer Castner zu Hohenburg Ulrich Heckel cum sig Der weis vest André Punzinger zum Rosstein Pfleger zu Hohenburg cum sîg Ulrich Fronperger Landrichter u Pfleger zu Lenngfelt id ao seq

Hans Talhoffer places his sigil as a witness under a document. The content of the file has nothing to do with him. But it is to note that he is seen as honorable to sign such a document. The file is to be found: Kloster Ensdorf Urkunden (1115-1797) 329, Amberg, Staatsarchiv.

More interesting is a file of 1444 December 11. In this file the bishop Friedrich II of Regensburg gives a house in Hohenburg to Hans Talhoffer, still Kastner in Hohenburg. The reason for this is that the bishops of Regensburg owns Talhoffer the salary for 5 years of duty. Therefore we know that Hans Talhoffer was in service of the bishops of Regensburg continously from 1439. A he was already Kastner in 1437 we can rightfully assume that he had an ongoing employment.

The man named Mendorffer in this file is a part of the Mendorfer family tree who had been a long time the senior officials of this place.

The file is references as Hochstift Regensburg, Schubl. 3 No. 21 fol. 64v, former GU Hohenburg 357.

Bischof Friedrich II. von Regensburg verschreibt sich gegenüber Hannsen Talhouer, Kastner v. Hohemburg auf dem Nordgau über Schulden in Höhe von 21 lb d rat, die aus fünf Jahren Diensten des letzteren für seinen Amtsvorgänger Bischof Konrad VII. von Regensburg resultieren, u. übergibt ihm als Ausgleich dafür ein Haus das Hohenburg, gelegen auf dem Hag, das der genannte Kastner jetzt schon bewohnt, u. das früher der Mendorffer innehatte.

In 1467 February 24 Hans Talhoffer is no longer Kastner of Hohenburg. He sells his house to the bishops of Regensburg (Heinrich IV von Absberg) and quits the service. this is no surprise as he moves into the duty of the duke of Württemberg Eberhard im Bart.

The file is to be found: Hochstift Regensburg, 45ter (33ter gestr.) Schubladen Markt Hohenburg No 9 (auf alter blauer Urkundentasche), Hohenburg Herrsch Fasz 25 (auf alter blauer Urkundentasche).

Hanns Talhover, ehemaliger Kastner in Hohemburg auf dem Nordgau, verkauft Heinrich IV. von Absberg, Bischof von Regensburg, die Rechte über ein Haus in Hohenburg, die ihm Friedrich II. von Parsberg, Bischof von Regensburg, verbrieft hatte und verzichtet gegenüber dem Bischof auf alle weiteren Ansprüche aus seiner Tätigkeit als Kastner.


Talhoffer 1437

(1) Monumenta Boica, Academis, 1821, (Ensdorf, Page 301)

(3) OeStA/HHStA-AUR (Sbg-E) (Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv), AUR 1427 VII 15 and AUR 1430 VII 26 

(4)OeStA/HHStA-AUR (Sbg-E) (Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv) AUR 1435 XI 11 

(5) 5th May 1437, Amberg, Staatsarchiv, Edition: MB 24, S. 199 – 201., advertised in a document of 1498 V 28 (= Urkunde 526). 1437 VII 4 lfd Nr. 329

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