Christoph Weidlich

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Christoph Weidlich (born July 17, 1713 in Schafstädt ; † May 18, 1794 in Halle an der Saale ) was a German lawyer and author of legal biographies.


Weidlich studied law in Leipzig . From 1739 he worked as a lawyer first in Weißenfels, then in Merseburg, in his hometown Schafstädt and finally from 1765 in Halle an der Saale . There he became a judicial commissioner and notary in 1781 . He died in 1794.

Weidlich's importance is based on his biographical writings, which he wrote at the suggestion of Daniel Nettelbladt . His main work is the biographical news of the now living legal scholars in Germany , which he initially published in three parts from 1781 to 1783. A final fourth part appeared in 1785, which also contained additions to the biographies that had already been published. He provided his descriptions of the life and work of contemporary legal scholars of the 18th century with detailed catalogs of works.

Weidlich was friends with the lawyer Johann Friedrich Jugler , who was almost the same age and who also published biographies of legal scholars.

Works (selection)

  • History of the legal scholars living now in Germany, and in part also outside the same, as a legal scholar lexicon in alphabetical order, together with a preface useful for this , Schubarth, Merseburg 1748.
  • Reliable news from the legal scholars living now , Kümmel, Halle 1755–1766.
  • Biographical news from the legal scholars now living in Teutschland , Hemmerde, Halle 1781 to 1785.
  • Complete list of all legal disputations and programs that have come out at the Royal Prussian Friedrichs University in Halle from its foundation to the present day with some literary comments , Hendel, Halle 1789.