Alfred Gawlik

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Alfred Gawlik (born December 11, 1936 in Katowice ; † October 18, 2011 in Starnberg ) was a German diplomat , employee of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) and lecturer in historical auxiliary sciences at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich .

Alfred Gawlik completed primary school in Katowice until 1944. In Ottobeuren, Würzburg and finally from 1952 to 1956 in Munich he attended the humanistic grammar school. From 1956 to 1963 he studied in Munich with a focus on auxiliary history. From 1964 to 1966 Gawlik was a research assistant. The focus of his scientific work was the indexing of the high medieval imperial and royal documents. In 1966 he did his doctorate under Peter Acht with the investigation of interveners and witnesses in the diplomas of Emperor Heinrich IV (1056–1105): The transition from the intervention to the witness formula . In it he was able to show how structural changes in rule can be traced back to the names of people from the ruling class of the medieval empire in the diplomas. In 1967 he became an employee of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. He was not only involved in editing a large number of publications in the Diplomata department. The edition of Heinrich IV's documents , which remained Torso after the death of the first editor, Dietrich von Gladiß , was completed in 1978. Numerous articles in the lexicon of the Middle Ages on the subject of medieval documents come from his pen. Together with Horst Fuhrmann , he published a study on the "Kammeier case". Gawlik worked for almost three decades as a lecturer in the Department of Historical Auxiliary Sciences of the History Department of the University of Munich. In 2001 he retired. Gawlik was still active as a " marginal employee " at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.


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  1. Wilhelm Kammeier declared a number of medieval documents to be forgeries without any methodological foundation and thus also discarded part of medieval history.