Hanna Vollrath

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Hanna Vollrath née Reichelt (born June 25, 1939 in Brandenburg an der Havel ) is a German historian of medieval history.

Hanna Vollrath studied history, English and philosophy at the University of Cologne . In 1965 the state examination for teaching at higher schools took place. Vollrath taught from 1967 to 1968 at the Lycée John F. Kennedy in Dakar . She received her doctorate in Cologne in 1970 with a thesis supervised by Heinrich Büttner and Theodor Schieffer on the idea of ​​kings and royalty among the Anglo-Saxons. Since 1971 she has been an assistant at Odilo Engels' chair in Cologne and stayed in New York from 1973 to 1975 . In 1980 he completed his habilitation. With her inaugural lecture in Cologne, The Middle Ages in the Typics of Oral Societies , she sparked a debate about the relationship between orality and written form. Vollrath was a professor at the University of Mannheim from 1983 to 1987 . From 1989 until her retirement in 2004 she taught Medieval History at the Ruhr University in Bochum . She was dean of the Faculty of History in Bochum from 1991 to 1992 and vice-rector for teaching, studies and academic reform from 1994 to 1996 . She was married to the philosopher Ernst Vollrath . In honor of Vollrath, a conference on judicial and extrajudicial strategies for conflict resolution in the Middle Ages was dedicated to her.

Vollrath's main research interests are English and French history, especially of the High Middle Ages. Vollrath wrote a biography of Thomas Becket . For the handbook Schlaglichter der Deutschen Geschichte she wrote the chapter From the Origin of the German Empire to the End of the Staufer Period . Vollrath dealt primarily with the framework conditions of royal rule, whereby the law, the concept of order and (oral) communication played an important role. She also presented relevant publications on the Salians . She is the author of the volume on the Salier of the latest edition of the classic textbook of German history, the " Gebhardt ", which is in preparation. Vollrath is a corresponding member of the Royal Historical Society London.



  • Thomas Becket. Courtier and saint (= personality and history, vol. 164). Muster-Schmidt, Göttingen et al. 2004, ISBN 3-7881-0155-5 .
  • The Synods of England up to 1066 (= Council history. Series A: representations ). Schöningh, Paderborn et al. 1986, ISBN 3-506-74685-5 .


  • together with Stefan Weinfurter : Cologne - city and diocese in church and empire of the Middle Ages. Festschrift for Odilo Engels on his 65th birthday (= Cologne historical treatises. Vol. 39). Böhlau, Cologne et al. 1993, ISBN 3-412-12492-3 .
  • together with Alfred Haverkamp : England and Germany in the High Middle Ages. In honor of Karl J. Leyser. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1996, ISBN 0-19-920504-3 .
  • Natalie Fryde, Hanna Vollrath: The English kings in the Middle Ages. From William the Conqueror to Richard III. (= Beck series, vol. 1534). Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-49463-3 .


  • Bodo Gundelach, Ralf Molkenthin (ed.): Views of the Middle Ages. Aspects of lifeworld, rule, religion and reception. Festschrift Hanna Vollrath for her 65th birthday (= Studies on the History of the Middle Ages, Vol. 2). Schäfer, Herne 2004, ISBN 3-933337-34-8 .
  • Dirk Jäckel, Gerhard Lubich (Ed.): Ad personam. Festschrift for Hanna Vollrath's 80th birthday (= studies on pre-modernism. Vol. 1). Lang, Berlin et al. 2019, ISBN 978-3-631-79267-4 .

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  1. ^ Obituary for the father Johannes Reichelt (1904-1984) in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of December 22, 1984, 25.
  2. Hanna Vollrath: The Middle Ages in the typology of oral societies. In: Historical magazine. 233: 571-594 (1981).
  3. Stefan Esders (ed.): Legal understanding and conflict management. Judicial and extrajudicial strategies in the Middle Ages. Cologne et al. 2007.
  4. Cf. Michael Borgolte : In the Paths of Rigidity. Hanna Vollrath's biography about the symbolic figure Thomas Becket . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , September 13, 2004, No. 213, p. 37.
  5. Hanna Vollrath: From the emergence of the German Empire to the end of the Staufer period in 1254. In: Schlaglichter der Deutschen Geschichte. Published by the Bibliographisches Institut Mannheim. Mannheim 1986, pp. 36-60.
  6. ^ Hanna Vollrath: Legislation and written form. The example of Anglo-Saxon laws. In: Historisches Jahrbuch 99 (1979), pp. 28–54; Hanna Vollrath: Prince judgments in the Staufer-Weifischen conflict from 1138 to the Privilegium Minus. In: Karl Kroeschell, Albrecht Cordes (Ed.): Function and Form. Source and method problems in medieval legal history. Berlin 1996, pp. 39-62; Hanna Vollrath: Rebels and Rituals: From Demonstrations of Enmity to Criminal Justice. In Gerd Althoff , Johannes Fried , Patrick Geary (eds.): Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography. Washington, DC 2003, pp. 89-110; Hanna Vollrath: Legal texts in the oral legal culture of the early Middle Ages, in: Medieval research after the turn of 1989. Berlin 1995, pp. 319–348.
  7. ^ Hanna Vollrath: Political conceptions of order and political action in comparison. Philip II of France and Frederick Barbarossa in conflict with their most powerful princes. In: Joseph Canning (Ed.): Political thought and the realities of power in the Middle Ages. Göttingen 1998, pp. 33-51.
  8. Hanna Vollrath: The Middle Ages in the typology of oral societies. In: Historical magazine. 233: 571-594 (1981); Hanna Vollrath: Communication over great distances: The spread of news in the Becket dispute. In this. (Ed.): The way into another world. Münster 2008, pp. 85–114.