Edition der Familienkorrespondenz Ferdinands I.
The Edition of the Family Correspondence of Ferdinand I
For research into the history of the 16th century, the correspondence that Ferdinand I. (1503 – 1564) held with his closest relatives, especially with his siblings Charles V and Mary of Hungary, the governor of the Netherlands, is a first-rate source. The correspondence is of such great importance for it addresses all the major problems of the 16th century, such as the confessional division in the Holy Roman Empire, the disputes with France or the repulsion of the Ottomans. The correspondence is also extremely fascinating from a linguistic and cultural perspective, as the Habsburg siblings did not use just one language, but wrote to each other in French, German, Spanish and Latin, depending on the subject matter at hand. Since the beginning of the 20th century, work has been carried out on the edition of the correspondence, and so far the volumes up to and including the year 1534 have been published. Within the scope of two FWF projects and in cooperation with the Commission for Modern Austrian History, the Department of Romance Studies at the University of Salzburg is working on the letter volumes from 1535 to 1540.
(Project Director: Univ. Prof. Dr. Christopher F. Laferl; Project Members: Dr. Bernadette Hofinger, Mag. Harald Kufner, Mag. Judith Moser-Kroiss, Dr. Nicola Tschugmell)