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Volkach in Landkreis Kitzingen, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Peter Ochs, Metzler / Peter Ochs, the Butcher

 
 
Peter Ochs, Metzler / Peter Ochs, the Butcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2016
1. Peter Ochs, Metzler / Peter Ochs, the Butcher Marker
Inscription.
Metzger im Spätmittelalter

Der Metzger Peter Ochs und sein Geselle Jobst Beutel sind bei ihrem blutigen Handwerk zu sehen. Der Metzger zerlegt den Ochsen, während sein Geselle einen Hammel schlachtet. Geschlachtet wurde im Hof oder vor dem Haus des Metzgers, der nach seiner Arbeit für die Reinigung der Gasse zu sorgen hatte. Das Handwerkszeug hängt am Gürtel. Unter seinem groben, ledernen Arbeitsschurz ist elegante Kleidung zu erkennen - ein Hinweis auf Ansehen und Wohlstand des Metzgers.

Der Stadtbürger verspeiste anno 1500 durchschnittlich 100 kg Fleisch pro Jahr! Zum Vergleich waren es 2002 ..nur" 89,1 kg pro Person. Das Metzgerhandwerk unterlag strengen Verord-nungen, die Stadt Volkach erhob u. a. ein „Stichgeld", eine Art Steuer für jede Schlachtung und wachte streng über Qualität und Wert des Fleisches.

[English translation:]

A Butcher in the Late Middle Ages

The butcher Peter Ochs and his journeyman Jobst Beutel are to be seen here at work in their bloody craft. The butcher dismantles the ox while his companion slaughters a sheep. The slaughter took place in the courtyard or in front of the house of the butcher, who had to take care of the cleaning of the alley after his work. The tools of his trade hang from his belt, and beneath his coarse leather apron,
Peter Ochs, the Butcher - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 21, 2016
2. Peter Ochs, the Butcher - Wide View
elegant clothing is visible - a sign of the status and prosperity of the butcher.

In 1500, the inhabitants of Volkach averaged 100 kg of meat annually! By way of comparison, it was only 89.1 kg per person in 2002. The butcher's trade was subject to stringent regulations, and the city of Volkach imposed a small tax on each slaughter and strictly monitored the quality and value of the meat.
 
Erected 2006 by Museum Volkach.
 
Location. 49° 51.839′ N, 10° 13.625′ E. Marker is in Volkach, Bavaria, in Landkreis Kitzingen. Marker is at the intersection of Oberer Markt and Bahnhofstrasse, on the right when traveling north on Oberer Markt. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Volkach, Bavaria 97332, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Und Davor ein Kapellchen und Almosenstock / And for that a Chapel and Begging Stick (here, next to this marker); Bei einem Backofen / At the Baker's Oven (a few steps from this marker); Peter Geist (a few steps from this marker); Von Rechtswegen über das Menschenblut zu richten / A Legal Process Driven by Human Blood (a few steps from this marker); Pfarrkirche St. Bartholomäus / St. Bartholomew's Parish Church
Peter Ochs, the Butcher Marker Inset Illustration image. Click for full size.
Illustration from the Volkacher Salbuch, written by Niklas Brobst, Folio 440r, circa 1500
3. Peter Ochs, the Butcher Marker Inset Illustration
(about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dettelbach City Hall (approx. 8.4 kilometers away); Dettelbach Synagogue (approx. 8.4 kilometers away); The Bacchus Inn (approx. 8.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Volkach.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 140 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 19, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on December 18, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on December 19, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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