Andreas Zajic and Christina Lutter have just published a blog post on Der Standard on The Emperor was a Bean Counter.

A short teaser

In June 1508, at the beginning of the eight-year-long “Venetian Wars,” Emperor Maximilian I sent a container of pea seeds to the Innsbruck Chamber (a kind of Ministry of Finance), with precise instructions for their cultivation. Some of the peas were to be sent on to Vienna: Apparently, as a gourmet and pioneer of experimental agriculture, the emperor planned to establish a standardised model cultivation of peas in all his hereditary lands – probably for his own table.

This example shows that he took spontaneous (personal) ideas and needs just as seriously as “big politics.” The emperor wanted to ensure the realisation of his ideas personally as far as possible. To this end, he utilised a large number of trusted servants. The major interdisciplinary research project Managing Maximilian, headed by Andreas Zajic, offers surprising insights into the everyday working life of the monarch, his family members and his thousands of servants and officials.

Header Image Credits: Epitaph of the Humanist and Imperial Councillor Johannes Cuspinian and his two Wives, Vienna, St Stephen’s Church, ÖAW, IMAFO, Die Deutschen Inschriften Wien

Cite this blog post
Jonathan Dumont (2024, May 23). A BLOGPOST ON DER STANDARD | BY ANDREAS ZAJIC AND CHRISTINA LUTTER. Managing Maximilian (1493-1519). Retrieved June 24, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/11pj9

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