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Offenburg, Henman
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1379-1459. Germany. Basel entrepreneur and diplomat. Wrote a German-language report on his ambassadorial work and other achievements on behalf of the town of Basel in the years 1413-45.

A member of a wealthy Basel family, he made a considerable fortune through foreign trade and bank dealings, and from 1410 belonged to the political leadership of the town, holding the post of guild master (Oberzunftmeister) among others. His wealth allowed him to withdraw from commercial life in 1423. He invested his money in land and sat as a patrician in the town council. …

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Studt, Birgit, “Offenburg, Henman”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_01964>
First published online: 2016

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