Herzogbauer, term for the peasant chosen by the free peasants ( Edlinger) who was to carry out a rural democratic ritual at the Ducal Coronation in Carinthia at the Fuerstenstein near Karnburg: The duke, wearing traditional peasant costume, was questioned by the Herzogbauer in Slavic and enthroned after presentation of a horse and a cow. The questions pertained to the duke´s Christian belief and his fair conduct of office. Reports by Johann von Viktring mentioned a symbolic slap on the cheek dealt to the duke by the Herzogbauer.
Literature#B. Grafenauer, Die Kaerntn. Herzogseinsetzung und die Edlingerfrage; A. Ogris, Fuerstenstein und Herzogstuhl, beide in: Carinthia I 183, 1993; S. Nikolay, Der Kaerntn. Fuerstenstein, master´s thesis, Vienna 1994.