Judges and Governors in the Gossensass-Sterzing Mining District
From the Origins to the Early Modern Age
Apart from the employers, pitmen, labourers and others involved in mining, every mining centre like the Gossensass-Sterzing district had a large number of officials. Although mines were largely privately run, control by the regional prince's administration was inescapable. His important sources of income in the shape of levies had to be monitored, various disputes resolved and often the ordinary pitmen protected against the very powerful employers. Most of the officials themselves had a working background and were thus, thanks to their experience, well acquainted with the vast majority of problems and difficulties occurring. The essay deals with the judges and governors in the Gossensass-Sterzing mining district in terms of their administrative duties and responsibilities from the origins to the 16th century.