272 pages comprise the new book by manfred firnkes, which is published in the series of publications of the verein fur heimatgeschichte im grabfeld (association for local history in the grabfeld). Now it was officially presented in the historic town hall hall of bad konigshofen. Mayor thomas helbling said that one should be curious about what the author has found out in his research on the burial ground.
The town was therefore happy to help finance the book, 400 copies of which are available in bookstores, from the spa administration, from the town of bad konigshofen and from the author manfred firnkes. "From the darkness of history, he has brought out the grave field and found that it can certainly be called the political center of the frankish rulers and kings", said principal manfred firnkes. Since the documents were all written in latin at that time, it was no problem for him as a former teacher of latin at the grammar school in bad konigshofen to read them. "In the end it was small pieces of the mosaic that gradually came together."
District local history and archive keeper reinhold albert recalled that five years ago manfred firnkes approached him and the association for local history and presented his idea. It was a matter of evaluating and translating the available documents. The author has approached his work meticulously, he has documented everything and altogether has brought out an interesting work, which is now available as volume 47 of the series of publications of the society for local history. Reinhold albert thanked the sponsors, the town of bad konigshofen, the district of rhon-grabfeld, the cultural foundation of the district of lower franconia, the banks and the lions club, as well as the board of directors of the grabfeld local history society. For the intensive researches one is very grateful as a historical association and he himself as a district local history and archive keeper.
The people of the grabfeld could be proud of their homeland, for even pope gregory II. Knew in the year 738 already the graffelti, said director of studies manfred firnkes with the book presentation. For there the name appears for the first time. "These graffelti, together with the inhabitants of five other gauen of hesse and thuringia, are called by pope gregory II. Personally addressed in a letter .This papal letter is the earliest connection between the "vatican and the grave field, even before four years later the name cunigishaoba in pago graffelti appears for the first time in a document. The grabfeld was a part of thuringia and reached as far as the area of hersfeld near fulda, in the north the middle werra between vacha and breitungen was the outer border, the rennsteig with an open border area, which was lost in the east at the itz and the upper main river. In the south the graffelti extended along the habgau to schweinfurt, geldersheim and obbach. Remained the today’s eastern grave field in franconia and thuringia.
Archaeological finds and documents
The new book gives an interesting insight into the archaeological finds and documents from the 4./5. These are documents from the 13th century, testimonies of a continuous, changing settlement density of the peasant population of different tribes and peoples at that time. Among other things, it is reported of two related, but in terms of content different documents, with likewise highly official significance, which belong with greater probability to the year 742. In these two documents konigshofen is mentioned directly for the very first time, in each case as chuningishaoba in pago graffelti "konigshofen im gau grabfeld". For the author, it is more than probable that the name "graffelti" is a name of the region already existed around 531/537, as did konigshofen, when the franks conquered the thuringian kingdom and restructured it under their administration.
Document from the year 822
The document, in which konigshofen is mentioned in writing for the first time, was published on friday, 19.December 822, issued in the royal palatinate of frankfurt. "It is written in the official and chancery language latin, measures 36.5 x 66 centimeters, is written relatively narrowly in view of the text volume in the word order and was not always easy to read.", reports the author at the presentation. In the new book you can read the original text. There is talk of a "basilica in the grabfeld district in honor of st. Martin in the village of essfeld" and of the "basilica in honor of st. Peter in the place called konigshofen". The author describes the grabfeld as one of the centers of the empire with the palace in salz. Besides salz and konigshofen, names such as brend and mellrichstadt are recorded. Manfred firnkes: the grabfeld was certainly visited by all the german kings of the time and also has a most interesting history in the ecclesiastical sector.