Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Welfen Und Ihr Braunschweiger Hof

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Die Welfen Und Ihr Braunschweiger Hof

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Die Welfen und ihr Braunschweiger Hof, ed. Bernd Schneidmuller, Wolfenbutteler Mittelalter-Studien 7 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, I995). vi + 579 pp. DM 148. Alongside recent general treatments of the medieval court (e.g. by J. Bumke and J. Fleckenstein) we have also been given of late a number of monographs or articles on specific courts. Amongst these the court of Henry the Lion has, fittingly enough, enjoyed the lion's share, as with Das Evangeliar Heinrichs des Lowen: Kommentar gum Faksimile, ed. D. Kotzsche (Frankfurt 1989), and the three-volume catalogue of the exhibition held in Braunschweig in 1995. The present volume, the proceedings of an interdisciplinary symposium held in Wolfenbttel in 1993, continues this because, although the title refers to the Welf dynasty at large, Henry the Lion dominates these proceedings, putting his successors (which means essentially Otto IV) very much in the shade. This volume includes most of the papers given at Wolfenbattel, although not, for example, those given by J. Fried and P. Johanek: an omission especially regrettable because of their past work in bridging the gap between history and literature.

History is represented by seven contributions: on the Welfs and their Braunschweig court, on the Welfs and the Hohenstaufen empire, on the court of Henry the Lion, on Welf memoria as dynastic legitimization, on the offices of the Welf court, on the historiography it encouraged, and on the fall of Henry the Lion, as depicted by Arnold von Lubeck. There follow three essays on culture at large: on education and scholarship at Braunschweig, on the collegiate library, and on liturgica at St Blasius. …

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