The Fugger family became one of Europe’s most powerful merchant dynasties. Ennobled at the beginning of the 16th century, the Fuggers started to withdraw step by step from business during the second half of the century. In the decades following 1600 they adopted an aristocratic lifestyle.
The Bavarian State library acquired two manuscripts relating to the Fuggers this year. They have digitised them and made them available online.
The Secret Book of Honour of the Fugger (1545-1549) is a rightly illustrated book of family propaganda. It can be viewed and searched here: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0004/bsb00042105/images/.
Fuggerorum et Fuggerarum… imagines was published for family members in 1593 and 1618. You can see the portraits from the 1618 version at http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/0004/bsb00042106/images/.
An exhibition of the two books in the Schatzkammer (treasure vault) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will take place from 10 March to 16 May 2010. An exhibition catalogue will also be published.