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.


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

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

Other Publications


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.


  • Mediävistenverband [Interdisciplinary Medieval Society]

  • Royal Studies Network

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

  • FEMBI (Forschungsportal zum englischen Mittelalter, den Britischen Inseln und Irland) [Network on Medieval England, the British Isles, and Ireland]

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

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

Dominik Waßenhoven

Profile picture of Dominik Waßenhoven


Active 3 months, 2 weeks ago