Hartmut Hoffmann (historian)

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Hartmut Hoffmann (born May 4, 1930 in Berlin ; † April 16, 2016 in Göttingen ) was a German historian .

Hartmut Hoffmann was born the second eldest of five sons and one daughter. Hoffmann attended humanistic grammar schools in Braunschweig, Torgau and Frankfurt. He graduated from high school in Frankfurt at the end of 1946. His father was a district judge and at the end of the war he became an American prisoner of war. The two oldest sons then had to support the family. Hoffmann therefore began training as an English interpreter in 1946. He worked as an interpreter for the Americans for two years. From the winter semester 1948/49 he studied philosophy, art history, German, history and Latin philology at the universities of Frankfurt am Main , Marburg and Cologne . In 1954 he was in Marburg with the vonHelmut Beumann is doing his doctoral thesis on Carolingian annals . In 1957 he took on an assistant position in Bonn. To prepare for his habilitation, Hoffmann went to Paris on a scholarship from the French government. His habilitation took place in Bonn in 1961 again with Beumann with the work Gottesfriede and Treuga Dei . The work became fundamental to the ecclesiastical peace efforts in the high medieval feudal society of France. As the successor to Hermann Heimpel , Hoffmann taught from 1967 until his retirement as professor for middle and modern history at the University of Göttingen . In 1982/1983 he received a research grant from the Historical College in Munich . Hoffmann's most important academic students included Heinrich Dormeier , Stefan Petersen , Eva Schlotheuber and Ulrich Rasche . Hoffmann suffered from Parkinson's in the last years of his life .

Hoffmann presented 13 monographs or editions and over 80 articles. Hoffmann wrote numerous articles mainly on medieval intellectual and cultural history. Thematically, his research ranged from the formation of rule by the Normans in southern Italy to the Braunschweig region during the agricultural crisis of the 14th century . In 1980 he presented a new edition of the Chronicle of Montecassino in the Scriptores series of the MGH , which was preceded by numerous essays on the history and historiography of southern Italy in Lombard and Norman times, including the beginnings of the Normans and the legitimation of rule in southern Italy and on the role that the popes played in this. Since 1982 Hoffmann was a member of the central management of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH). From 1982 to 1989 he was a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences . His main work is the two-volume illustration of book art and royalty in the Ottonian and Early Salian times (1986). His studies of royalty and book art in the Ottonian and Salic times paved the way for the 2000 edition of the Chronicle of the Richer of Reims .

Fonts (selection)

A list of publications compiled by Enno Bünz and Christian Schuffels in: Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters Vol. 73 (2017), pp. 239–250.

  • Writing schools and illumination. Manuscripts and texts from the 9th to 11th centuries Century (= Monumenta Germaniae historica. Schriften Bd. 65). Hahn, Hannover 2012, ISBN 978-3-7752-5765-7 .
  • The Würzburger Paulinenkommentare der Ottonenzeit (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Studies and Texts Vol. 47). Hahn, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-7752-5707-7 .
  • Monk King and "rex idiota". Studies on the church politics of Heinrich II. And Konrads II. (= Monumenta Germaniae historica. Studies and texts Vol. 8). Hahn, Hannover 1993, ISBN 3-7752-5408-0 .
  • God's Peace and Treuga Dei (= Monumenta Germaniae historica. Writings Vol. 20). Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1964 (at the same time: Bonn, University, habilitation paper, 1960).
  • Studies of Carolingian annals (= Bonn historical research. Vol. 10). Röhrscheid, Bonn 1958.


  • The Chronicle of Montecassino (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores (in Folio). Volume 34). Hahn, Hanover 1980 ( digital copy from MGH ).
  • Richer of Saint-Remi: Historiae (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores (in Folio). Volume 38). Hahn, Hanover 2000 ( digital copy from MGH )


Web links


  1. Monumenta Germaniae Historica: We mourn Prof. Dr. Hartmut Hoffmann , April 22, 2016.
  2. Eva Schlotheuber: Obituary Hartmut Hoffmann. In: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages. Vol. 72 (2016), pp. 207–212, here: p. 212.
  3. Holger Krahnke: The members of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen 1751-2001 (= Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Philological-Historical Class. Volume 3, Vol. 246 = Treatises of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, Mathematical-Physical Class. Episode 3, vol. 50). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-82516-1 , p. 116.