Attornment, acknowledgement of a new sovereign by the Estates. In what is now the province of Lower Austria ("Oesterreich unter der Enns"), attornment was carried out in a ceremonial procession, moving along the Graben (street in the 1st district of Vienna) to St. Stephen´s Cathedral and carrying the Erzherzogshut; from there the procession went on to the Hofburg, where the actual act of attornment took place and the insignia were presented to the holder of the hereditary offices. In the 18th century these processions were documented in magnificent editions. Frequently, attornment took place long after a ruler had taken office, e.g. in Styria and Carinthia it was not until 1728 that the attornment of Karl VI took place. J. F. Fromiller documented an attornment in Klagenfurt as a ceiling fresco in the Landhaus of Klagenfurt and at Ossiach.
Literature#G. Kugler, in: Der heilige Leopold, exhibition catalogue, Klosterneuburg 1985.