Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum

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First page of a 10th-century copy of the Conversio

The Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum ("The Conversion of the Bavarians and the Carantanians") is a Latin history written in Salzburg in the 870s. It describes the life and career of Salzburg's founding saint Rupert (d. 710), notably his missionary work in Bavaria, and the activities of the bishops and abbots in the Archdiocese of Salzburg. It concludes with a brief history of Carantania.

The work may have been written by Adalwin himself, the then resident Archbishop of Salzburg. It was intended to give Louis the German a particular historical perspective on a recent collision between the missionary work conducted from Salzburg and that pursued by the brothers Cyril and Methodius, who preached the new religion among the Slavic people of Great Moravia and Pannonia. The 3 manuscripts refer to a church consecrated for Pribina in his domain called Nitrava.


  • Wolfram, Herwig, ed. (1979). Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum. Vienna: Böhlau.
  • Bartoňková, Dagmar; et al., eds. (1969). "Libellus de conversione Bagoariorum et Carantanorum (i.e. Conversio)". Magnae Moraviae fontes historici III. Prague: Statni pedagogicke nakl.

Further reading[edit]

  • Lošek, Fritz (1997). Die Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum und der Brief des Erzbischofs Theotmar von Salzburg. MGH Studien und Texte. Vol. 15. Hannover.
  • Lošek, Fritz (1985). "Philologisches zur Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum". In Herwig Wolfram; Andreas Schwarcz; Herwig Friesinger; Falko Daim (eds.). Die Bayern und ihre Nachbarn. Berichte des Symposions der Kommission für Frühmittelalterforschung. Vol. 1. Vienna. pp. 255–68.
  • Nótári, Tamás (2005). Források Salzburg kora középkori történetéből (Sources of the History of Salzburg in the Early Middle Ages). Szeged: Lectum Kiadó. ISBN 963-86649-6-7. Hungarian.
  • Nótári, Tamás (2000). "Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum". Aetas. 15 (3): 93–111.
  • Wolfram, Herwig (1995). Salzburg, Bayern, Österreich. Die Conversio Bagoariorum et Carantanorum und die Quellen ihrer Zeit. Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung. Vol. 31. Vienna and Munich.