The useful and pleasurable company of close neighbours on the river Isar

A periodical with the title "Die Nutz- und Lust-erweckende Gsellschafft Der Vertrauten Nachbarn am Isarstrom" was published for the first time from 1702 to 1704 in Munich. The periodical was in the form of a discursive periodical. Each of the five volumes is divided into a preface and six collections. Discussions of society's fictitious events are reproduced in the process. In the "discussions", the fictional narrators deal with the political topics of the day, report on events in Bavarian history or entertain one another with instructive and edifying stories. Books are also discussed with a clear tendency to reject un-Catholic literature.

The periodical was Bavarian-patriotic and Catholic. One of its basic concerns was to glorify the reigning Elector Max Emanuel (ruled 1679-1726). The pseudonyms for members of society, Maximus Feldzwinger, Ehrenwert von Sigensburg, Emanuel von Heldenmarck, also show the journal's panegyric basic tendency. The Isar was regarded as the allegorical embodiment of Bavaria; the society's fictitious meeting places are also located here.
The sponsors of the Society are to be assumed in the context of the Munich court, whose mouthpiece is the periodical published at the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1715). Three of the alleged 20 members are known by name, namely the officials Urban Heckenstaller (died 1748), Johann Kandler (1644-1718) and Johann Georg Littich (1681-1717).

After the end of Max Emanuel's winning streak with the Battle of Höchstädt in 1704 and the subsequent occupation of Bavaria by imperial troops, this first Bavarian periodical came to an abrupt end, with Heckenstaller actively participating in the Bavarian peasant revolt in 1705.

Florian Sepp

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