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Georgenberger Handfeste#

Georgenberger Handfeste, historical document of the treaty of inheritance between Duke Otakar IV of Styria and Duke Leopold V of Austria, dated August 17, 1186, concluded on Georgenberg Hill near Enns. Incurably ill, the Styrian duke confirmed that, in case he died without offspring, he would pass all sovereign rights to Leopold (and his son, Friedrich). Additionally, the rights of the Styrian Estate officials, peasants and monasteries were laid down. This treaty made the Babenbergs the future princes of Styria with the Emperor´s tacit consent. Otakar died in 1192 and Styria and the Upper Austrian Traungau region were ceded to the Austrian dukes.


K. Spreitzhofer, Georgenberger Handfeste, 1986.