Gesta Treverorum
The Gesta Treverorum is a collection of histories, legend
A legend is a narrative of human actions that are perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and to possess certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude...

s, war
War is a state of organized, armed, and often prolonged conflict carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political...

s, records of the Archbishops of Trier, writings of the Pope
The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, a position that makes him the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church . In the Catholic Church, the Pope is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter, the Apostle...

s, and other records that were collected by the monks of the St. Matthias Abbey in Trier
Trier, historically called in English Treves is a city in Germany on the banks of the Moselle. It is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC....

. It was begun in the 12th century and was continued until 1794 when the Archbishopric of Trier came to an end. An edition was published as an eight volume set in the 19th century. A new 8-volume edition by Emil Zenz was published in the 1950s and 1960s.


  • Zenz, Emil (ed. and tr.) (1955-1962). Die Taten der Trierer. Gesta Treverorum. 8 vols. Trier. Edition with German translation.
  • Waitz, Georg (ed.) (1848). "Gesta Treverorum." MGH Scriptores 8. pp. 111-200.
  • Waitz, Georg (ed.) (1879). "Gesta Treverorum continuata." MGH Scriptores 24. pp. 368-488.

Further reading

  • Hellmann, S. (1913). "Zu den Gesta Treverorum." Neues Archiv der Gesellschaft für ältere deutsche Geschichtskunde. Zur Beforderung einer Gesamtausgabe der Quellenschriften deutscher Geschichten des Mittelalters 38. pp. 451-468.
  • Laufner, Richard (2001). "Zwei restaurierte Handschriften der Stadtbibliothek Trier. Gesta Treverorum und Chartularium von St. Mariae ad Martyres." Kurtrierisches Jahrbuch 41 (2001). pp. 315-32.
  • Thomas, Heinz (1968). Studien zur Trierer Geschichtsschreibung des 11. Jahrhunderts: insbesondere zu den Gesta Treverorum. Rheinisches Archiv 68. Bonn.
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