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Romedio Schmitz-Esser

Die Kunigundenkrone

Abstract This chapter shows how the crown of Cunigunde, now kept in the treasury of the Munich Residenz as one of the most important treasure objects of the High Middle Ages, is a „bordercrossing“ object in several respects, especially in terms of the physical movement of a material object and of how the attribution of different meanings affects perception. Adopting more recent approaches to researching the materiality of the Middle Ages,e. with the help of the „material turn“, it becomes clear that it is above all perspective and questioning that prove these border crossings. For example, the crown as a ‚Franconian‘ object is still controversial today, because it is kept in Munich (like many other objects) as a result of Bavarian secularisation and expansion during the Coalition Wars. The object thus raises the question of centralisation and / or cohesion within the federal state of Bavaria by applying historical narratives to its own regional history. Whether or not a copy can resolve this question is an interesting topic, as another, even more  prominent crown, the imperial crown of Vienna, has inspired a large number of copies up to the present day, and it is not transferable to another place for political and conservational reasons.