Brigitte Kasten

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Brigitte Kasten (born October 6, 1955 in Corrientes , Argentina) is a German historian .

Brigitte Kasten studied German and history at the University of Düsseldorf until 1979 . Then she passed the first and second state exams. In 1985 she received her doctorate with the biography of Adalhard von Corbie under Josef Semmler in Düsseldorf. In 1996 habilitated they are in Bremen at Dieter Hägermann with the work princes and royal rule. Studies on participation in the empire in the Merovingian and Carolingian times . After working as a research assistant at the University of Düsseldorf, DFG scholarship holder in the North Rhine-Westphalian main state archive and as an assistant and senior assistant at the University of Bremen , she was appointed to the professorship for Medieval History at the University of Saarland in 2002 .

A central research focus of Kastens is the political constitutional history of the Carolingian period. She is particularly interested in the investigation of norms that guide action as well as the forms of conflict resolution within the ruling family. Other important focal points of her work are the complex of feudal affairs , land lending and precariousness in the early and high Middle Ages, private and sovereign wills as well as the court keeping and administration of late medieval princes. Kasten organized international conferences on early medieval manorial rule (Bremen 2003) and wills for rulers and princes in the early and high Middle Ages (Saarbrücken 2006). Since 2002 she has been leading a DFG project on precariousness and land lending up to the year 1300.



  • Adalhard of Corbie. The biography of a Carolingian politician and head of the monastery (= Studia humaniora. Vol. 3), Droste, Düsseldorf 1986, ISBN 3-7700-0803-0 .
  • Royal sons and royal rule. Studies on participation in the empire in the Merovingian and Carolingian times (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica Schriften. Vol. 44). Hahn, Hannover 1997, ISBN 3-7752-5444-7 (also habilitation thesis Bremen 1996).


  • Fields of activity and horizons of experience of rural people in the early medieval manorial rule (up to approx. 1000). Festschrift for Dieter Hägermann on his 65th birthday (= quarterly for social and economic history. Supplements. Vol. 184). Steiner, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-515-08788-5 .
  • with Dieter R. Bauer , Rudolf Hiestand , and Sönke Lorenz : Mönchtum - Kirche - Herrschaft 750–1000. Josef Semmler on his 65th birthday. Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1998, ISBN 3-7995-7140-X
  • Testaments of rulers and princes in the Western European Middle Ages (= norm and structure. Studies on social change in the Middle Ages and early modern times. Vol. 29). Böhlau, Cologne a. a 2008, ISBN 978-3-412-20062-6 . ( Review )

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