To forget one's ancestors
is to be a brook without a source,
a tree without a root.
Descendents of Ioannes Langmann from Tuscany (1019 AD)
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The following poem (in old German) appears in a family history book, a copy of which is in the Deutsche Museum in Berlin. It explains how the Langmann family lived in Nuremberg prior to the year 1280, and with other families were driven out of the city during a revolt by the artisan-workers in 1349, to return, helped by Emperor Karl IV, the following year. Hans Langmann remained a senator (city councillor) until his death in 1369, and the family later included many clerics.
Vor Alten Jaren
Vor alten Jaren ist gewiss
Engelthal bei Nurnberg, 1591
Langmann: Adelheid L., out of a Nuremberg family, took the veil some time between 1325 and 1330 as a nun in the convent of Engelthal outside Nuremberg, where she died on November 22, 1375. True to the tradition of the convent, in which during the blooming of the mystical period the visionary lives were quite typical--we have in the small book "Von der genaden uberlast" (Burdened down by the godly grace; published by Karl Schroeder 1871) an account of the visionary lives of the convent sisters written at the command of the mother superior--and also L. wrote her experiences down in a manner similar to that of her more celebrated sister in the faith (and close relative), Christina Ebner (1277-1356). From her diaries, especially dating from the years between 1330 and 1347, and from word passed around at the time by mouth, her 'Offenbarungen' (Revelations) took shape, and these are today preserved in two hand written copies. The seemingly monotonous writings touch only slightly on general living conditions during the 14th century, but provide a picture as a link in a row of holy visions in the cloisters of the German middle ages which should not be underestimated. For Adelheid frequent bodily self-torment and asceticism were interchanged with excitement, raptures and conversations with God, and all this was not just kept inside the walls of the convent at Engelthal. At different times was she sought out by people from the outside who were looking for her advise, solace, and quite often healing. She was herself again and again plagued by thoughts of suicide. In speech and beliefs--there are numerous concords here to the High Song--she was influenced by her spiritual friend and adviser, Ulrich, the later abbot to Kaisheim (1340 to 1360) who also was a friend of Margarethe Ebner in Medingen and Heinrich von Noerdlingen.
About Adelheid Langmann (this takes about 5 to 10 seconds to load), Dominican nun in the convent at Engelthal outside Nuremberg during the years 1330 to 1375, and her Ebner relatives, we find the following (in Bavarian dialect):
"Das puch gehoert in das closter zu sant kather(inen) prediger orden in nuerwerg... Item an dem puch stet zum ersten Bl.3a-6a Von dem namen Jhesus. Bl.6a-12b und von dem paternoster. Bl.13a-20b und von der lieb gocz." ...
"und von der heiligen langmanyn zu Engeltal und wie sie ir heiliges leben gefuert hat." ...
"Anno domini MCCC pei der zal oder mer was in der stat ze Nurnberg ain erweriges geschlecht die heisen die langman und gehoerte die Ebner an. von den ward geboren ein kint daz ward geheiszen Adelheidis. waz wunder got von jugent auf mit ir gethan hat und der heilig geist mit ir gewurckt hat, wert ir her nach horen. also waz zimlich oder lewtselig oder geistlich oder gotlich was, daz hilt daz kint und was doch frolich pay den lewten an alle verlaszenheit." ...
"...do man zalt von critvs gepvrt CCC jor vnd dor nach in dem LXXIIIII jar starb disev fraw olhait Langemenin an dem tag cecilia virginis et martiris."
Descendents of Ioannes Langmann
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[Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882]