About

I am an Historian of the Middle Ages, working as ‘Akademischer Rat’ (which is corresponding to a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer) at the University of Cologne. My focus is on Northern European History (England, Scandinavia, as well as the Reich), especially in the 10th and 11th centuries. I am mainly interested in the depiction of history and how contemporaries viewed their own time and their immediate past.

Education


  • PhD, Medieval History, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2005

  • MA, Medieval History, Humboldt-University Berlin, 2001

Other Publications

Monographs

  • 1066. Englands Eroberung durch die Normannen (C. H. Beck Wissen 2866), Munich: C. H. Beck, 2016.

  • Skandinavier unterwegs in Europa (1000–1250). Mobilität und Kulturtransfer auf prosopographischer Grundlage (Europa im Mittelalter. Abhandlungen und Beiträge zur historischen Komparatistik 8), Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 2006, originally presented as doctoral thesis, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, 2005.


Edited Volumes

  • with Ludger Körntgen (ed.): Religion and Politics in the Middle Ages. Germany and England by Comparison/Religion und Politik im Mittelalter. Deutschland und England im Vergleich (Prinz-Albert-Studien 29), Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, 2013, DOI: 10.1515/9783110262049.

  • with Ludger Körntgen (ed.): Patterns of Episcopal Power. Bishops in 10th and 11th Century Western Europe/Strukturen bischöflicher Herrschaftsgewalt im westlichen Europa des 10. und 11. Jahrhunderts (Prinz-Albert-Forschungen 6), Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, 2011, DOI: 10.1515/9783110262032.


Book Chapters


  • Herrscherwechsel und ihre Auswirkungen auf Diözesen. Worms und Köln um die Jahrtausendwende, in: Andreas Bihrer and Stephan Bruhn (eds.): Jenseits des Königshofs. Bischöfe und ihre Diözesen im nachkarolingischen ostfränkisch-deutschen Reich (850–1100) (Studien zur Germania Sacra. Neue Folge 10), Berlin/Boston 2019 (forthcoming), pp. 53–88.

  • The Role of Bishops in Anglo-Saxon Succession Struggles, 955 × 978, in: Alexander Rumble (ed.): Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon Church. From Bede to Stigand (Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies 12), Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012, pp. 97–107.

  • Rómavegr. Skandinavische Pilgerwege nach Rom, in: Hubert Houben and Benedetto Vetere (eds.): Pellegrinaggio e Kulturtransfer nel Medioevo europeo. Atti del 1° Seminario di studio dei Dottorati di ricerca di ambito medievistico delle Università di Lecce e di Erlangen. Lecce, 2–3 maggio 2003 (Pubblicazioni del Dottorato in Storia dei Centri delle Vie e delle Culture dei Pellegrinaggi nel Medioevo Euromediterraneo 2), Lecce: Congedo Editore, 2006, pp. 109–117.


Miscellanies

Reviews

  • Review of Timothy Bolton: Cnut the Great, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017 , in: H-Soz-Kult, 16/1/2019, URL: http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-29496.

  • Review of David Bates: William the Conqueror, London: Yale University Press, 2017 / Levi Roach: Aethelred the Unready, London: Yale University Press, 2016, in: H-Soz-Kult, 11/07/2018, URL: http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-26959.

  • Review of Heinz Finger, Joachim Oepen and Stefan Pätzold (eds.): Christen, Priester, Förderer der Wissenschaften. Die Kölner Erzbischöfe des Mittelalters als Geistliche und Gelehrte in ihrer Zeit. Symposion der Erzbischöflichen Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln und des Historischen Archivs des Erzbistums Köln, 18. Oktober 2013 (Libelli Rhenani 55), Köln: Erzbischöfliche Diözesan- und Dombibliothek, 2014, in: Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter 80 (2016), pp. 285–286, DOI: 10.15463/rec.reg.908095140.

  • Review of Sverre Bagge: Cross & scepter. The rise of the Scandinavian kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014, in: Historische Zeitschrift 302 (2016), no. 3, pp. 787–788, DOI: 10.1515/hzhz- 2016-0223.

  • Review of Levi Roach: Kingship and Consent in Anglo-Saxon England, 871–978. Assemblies and the State in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series), Cambridge University Press, 2013, in: Historische Zeitschrift 301 (2015), no. 3, pp. 774–775, DOI: 10.1515/hzhz-2015-0492.

  • Review of Andrew Rabin (ed. and trans.): The political writings of Archbishop Wulfstan of York (Manchester medieval sources series), Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015, in: sehepunkte 15 (2015), no. 10, URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/10/26862.html.

  • Review of Francesca Tinti (ed.): England and Rome in the Early Middle Ages. Pilgrimage, Art, and Politics (Studies in the Early Middle Ages 40), Turnhout: Brepols, 2014, in: sehepunkte 15 (2015), no. 4, URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/04/25111.html.

  • Review of Sigrid Danielson and Evan A. Gatti (eds.): Envisioning the Bishop. Images and the Episcopacy in the Middle Ages (Medieval Church Studies 29), Turnhout: Brepols, 2014, in: H-Soz-Kult, 04/02/2015, URL: http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-23014.

  • Review of Katherine Harvey: Episcopal Appointments in England, c. 1214–1344. From Episcopal Election to Papal Provision (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West), Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014, in: sehepunkte 14 (2014), no. 9, URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2014/09/24780.html.

  • Review of Daniel Alt: Sanctus episcopus. Das Bischofsideal von früh- und hochmittelalterlichen Bischofsviten im Spannungsfeld von Anspruch und Wirklichkeit (Studien zur Kirchengeschichte und Theologie 4), Herne: Gabriele Schäfer Verlag, 2013, in: Hessisches Jahrbuch für Landesgeschichte 64 (2014), pp. 223–224.

  • Review of Harald Kleinschmidt: Die Angelsachsen (Beck’sche Reihe 2728), München: C.H. Beck, 2011, in: Archiv für Kulturgeschichte 96 (2014), pp. 215–217.

  • Review of Hans Henning Hoff: Hafliði Másson und die Einflüsse des römischen Rechts in der Grágás (Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 78), Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter, 2012, in: Historische Zeitschrift 298 (2014), pp. 761–762, DOI: 10.1515/hzhz-2014-0250.

  • Review of John Eldevik: Episcopal Power and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire. Tithes, Lordship, and Community, 950–1150 (Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, in: sehepunkte 13 (2013), no. 9, URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2013/09/22553.html.

  • Review of Andreas Bihrer: Begegnungen zwischen dem ostfränkisch-deutschen Reich und England (850–1100). Kontakte – Konstellationen – Funktionalisierungen – Wirkungen (Mittelalter-Forschungen 39), Ostfildern: Thorbecke, 2012, in: Historische Zeitschrift 297 (2013), pp. 171–173, DOI: 10.1524/hzhz.2013.0336.

  • Review of Jens Schneider: Auf der Suche nach dem verlorenen Reich. Lotharingien im 9. und 10. Jahrhundert (Publications du Centre Luxembourgeois de Documentation et d’Études Médiévales [CLUDEM] 30), Köln, Weimar and Wien: Böhlau, 2010, in: Rottenburger Jahrbuch für Kirchengeschichte 30 (2011 [2013]), pp. 234–235.

  • Review of Diplomatarium Norvegicum. Oldbreve til kundskab om Norges indre og ydre forhold, sprog, slægter, sæder, lovgivning og rettergang i middelalderen, vol. 23, ed. by Tor Ulset, Oslo: Riksarkivet, 2011, in: Historische Zeitschrift 296 (2013), pp. 184–185, DOI: 10.1524/hzhz.2013.0041.

  • Review of Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir: Property and virginity. The Christianization of Marriage in Medieval Iceland 1200–1600, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2010, in: Historische Zeitschrift 292 (2011), pp. 771–772.

  • Review of James T. Palmer: Anglo-Saxons in a Frankish World. 690-900 (Studies in the Early Middle Ages 19), Turnhout: Brepols, 2009, in: German Historical Institute London Bulletin 33 (2011), no. 2, pp. 35–38, DOI: 10.15463/rec.1189742163.

  • Review of Jennifer R. Davis and Michael McCormick (eds.): The Long Morning of Medieval Europe. New Directions in Early Medieval Studies, Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2008, in: German Historical Institute London Bulletin 33 (2011), no. 1, pp. 99–103, DOI: 10.15463/rec.1189742149.

  • Review of John Sheehan and Donnchadh Ó Corráin (eds.): The Viking Age. Papers from the Proceedings of the Fifteenth Viking Congress, Cork, 18–27 August 2005, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010, in: Historische Zeitschrift 292 (2011), p. 478.

  • Review of Donald Scragg (ed.): Edgar, King of the English 959–975. New Interpretations (Publications of the Manchester Centre for Anglo Saxon Studies 8), Woodbridge: Boydell, 2008, in:
    Deutsches Archiv 66 (2010), no. 2, pp. 909–911, URL: http://www.digizeitschriften.de/dms/img/?PID=PPN345858735_0066%7CLOG_0047&physid=PHYS_0946#navi.

  • Review of Gerhard Lubich: Geschichte der Stadt Schwäbisch Hall. Von den Anfängen bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters (Veröffentlichungen der Gesellschaft für fränkische Geschichte, Reihe IX, 52), Stegaurach: WiKomm, 2006, in: Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte 73 (2010), no. 1, pp. 326–328, URL: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/bsb00105844/image_330.

  • Review of Nicholas Howe: Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England. Essays in Cultural Geography, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2008, in: Deutsches Archiv 65 (2009), pp. 721–722, URL: http://www.digizeitschriften.de/dms/img/?PID=PPN345858735_0065|LOG_0044&physid=PHYS_0763#navi.

  • Review of Timothy Bolton: The Empire of Cnut the Great. Conquest and the Consolidation of Power in Northern Europe in the Early Eleventh Century (The Northern World 40), Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 18/10/2009, URL: http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2009-4-058.

  • Review of Paul Dalton and Graeme J. White (eds.): King Stephen’s reign (1135–1154), Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2008, in: Deutsches Archiv 65 (2009), no. 1, pp. 420–421, URL: http://www.digizeitschriften.de/dms/img/?PID=PPN345858735_0065|LOG_0027&physid=PHYS_0456#navi.

  • Review of Rainer Leng (ed.): Das Benediktinerkloster St. Stephan in Würzburg, Rahden/Westf.: Marie Leidorf, 2006, in: Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte 71 (2008), no. 3, pp. 923–926, URL: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/bsb00088067/image_219.

  • Review of Mary Frances Giandrea: Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England (Anglo-Saxon Studies 7), Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2007, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 02/06/2008, URL: http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-10602.

  • with Michele C. Ferrari: Review of Inger Ekrem and Lars B. Mortensen (eds.): Historia Norwegie, trans. by Peter Fisher, Kopenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2003, in: Das Mittelalter 8 (2003), no. 2, p. 191.

  • Review of Martin Kaufhold: Europas Norden im Mittelalter. Die Integration Skandinaviens in das christliche Europa (9.–13. Jh.) Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2001, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 14/11/2001, URL: http://www.hsozkult.de/publicationreview/id/rezbuecher-645.

Projects

Perceptions and Conceptions of Bishops in Eastern Francia and Anglo-Saxon England, ca. 950–1050

In my current research project (my ‘Habilitation’) I am looking at the perception and depiction of bishops between 950 and 1050, roughly, with a special focus on their role in royal successions. My aim is to overcome the classic view on bishops from the kings’ perspective and as their agents, which has been prevalent especially for the Ottonian-Salian kingdom. I will thereby concentrate on the bishops’ actions, or, to be more precise, on the description of these actions in contemporary sources. Therefore narrative sources are at the heart of the project, above all historiography and hagiography (saints’ lives), but also sermons and legal sources. The aim of the project is to determine perceptions and conceptions of bishops and thereby their position in the society of the tenth and eleventh centuries, both in Germany and England.

Memberships


  • Mediävistenverband [Interdisciplinary Medieval Society]

  • ISAS (International Society of Anglo-Saxonists)

  • Royal Studies Network

  • EPISCOPUS (Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages)

  • DHV (Deutscher Hochschulverband) [German Association of University Professors and Lecturers]

  • FEMBI (Forschungsportal Englisches Mittelalter und Britische Inseln) [Network on Medieval English and British Studies]

  • ZEMAK (Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien Köln) [Center for Medieval Studies, Cologne]

  • DANTE (Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TeX) [German TeX Users Group]

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