Ludger Körntgen (born August 2, 1960 in Duisburg ) is a German historian of medieval history. After a professorship at the University of Bayreuth (2006–2012), he has been teaching as professor for medieval history at the University of Mainz since the 2012 summer semester .
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Ludger Körntgen studied history, Catholic theology and philosophy at the Universities of Bonn and Munich . From 1985 to 1997 he was a research assistant and assistant at the Universities of Bonn, Regensburg and Tübingen . In 1990 he received his doctorate on the early medieval books of penance under Raymund Kottje at the University of Bonn. In 1998 he completed his habilitation at the University of Tübingen with a thesis on the sacred nature of royalty in the Ottonian - Early Sali period. From 2004 to 2006, Körntgen was academic counselor and associate professor in Tübingen. From 2006 to 2012, Körntgen taught as a professor of history with a focus on medieval history at the University of Bayreuth. There he was Dean of the Faculty of Cultural Studies from 2009 to 2011 . Since the summer semester of 2012, Körntgen has been teaching in the successor to Franz Josef Felten as Professor of Medieval History at the University of Mainz.
His main research interests include the Irish and Anglo-Saxons in the early Middle Ages, the royal rule in imagination and practice, the churches, law and society in the early and high Middle Ages or the early medieval books of penance and penance practice. In his habilitation, Körntgen examined the function of sacred ideas and patterns of interpretation in historiography and pictorial evidence in the Ottonian-Early Salian period. In the historiography he looks at the historical works of Liudprand von Cremona , Hrotsvit von Gandersheim , Widukind von Corvey , Wipo , the Mathildenviten (the Vita Mathildis antiquior and the Vita posterior) and Thietmar von Merseburg . He comes to the conclusion that "in none of the examined testimonies of Ottonian-Salic historiography [...] the dimension of sacred legitimation as a pragmatic context of the representation - in the sense of political propaganda - has proven". Körntgen analyzes the portraits of Otto III in detail . in the Liuthar Codex , the Pericope Book of Henry II , the Regensburg Sacramentary of Henry II and the Speyer Gospels . In addition, Körntgen deals with the foundation of the Bamberg diocese and the question of the "end of the images of rulers as a symptom of change?" Körntgen sees the demolition of the images of rulers in liturgical manuscripts not as a change in the field of political ideology or in the area of the theological interpretation of rulership, but rather “in the overall structure of ties and mutual exchange, to be understood as the expression of the Ottonian-Early Sali images of rulers are". In his analysis of the images of rulers he comes to the conclusion that "images of rulers and other liturgical showpieces cannot be understood as isolated media of political statements and not as tools of a rationally designed legitimation strategy that is basically available to the ruler". Rather, its political effect is to be sought indirectly “in the community-building function of the memoria ”. In an article published in 2014, Körntgen explains the lack of images of rulers in the Staufer era less with “ideological reservations about the sacred position of the king” than with a change in the “communication community of royalty and church since the middle of the 11th century”.
In 2002 he published a brief account of the Ottonen and Salier in the story compact series . In 2013, together with Dominik Waßenhoven, Körntgen published an anthology on the subject of religion and politics in the Middle Ages. Germany and England in comparison . It is about the question of how the relationship between life and politics “manifests itself in the reality of life, political action and religious behavior”. In order to answer the question, the comparison of Germany and England from the perspective of the relationship between religion and politics is examined together.
- Ottonen and Salier. 3rd revised and bibliographically updated edition. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2010, ISBN 978-3-534-23776-0 .
- Kingdom and God's grace. On the context and function of sacred ideas in historiography and images of the Ottonian-Early Salian period (= Orbis mediaevalis. Vol. 2). Akademie Verlag, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-05-003403-3 ( review ).
- Studies on the sources of the early medieval penal books (= sources and research on law in the Middle Ages. Vol. 7). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1993, ISBN 3-7995-6088-2 .
- with Dominik Waßenhoven: Religion and Politics in the Middle Ages. Germany and England by Comparison (= Prince Albert Studies. Vol. 29). De Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2013, ISBN 3-11-025661-4 .
- with Dominik Waßenhoven: Patterns of Episcopal Power. Bishops in tenth and eleventh century western Europe (= Prince Albert Research. Vol. 6). De Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2011, ISBN 3-11-026202-9 .
- Literature by and about Ludger Körntgen in the catalog of the German National Library
- Publications by Ludger Körntgen in the Opac of the Regesta Imperii
- Page from Körntgen at the University of Mainz
- ↑ See the discussions by Lothar Vogel in: Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 115 (2004), pp. 405–408; Hermann Hold in: Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique. 101 (2006), pp. 1154-1158; Rudolf Schieffer in: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages 58 (2002), pp. 724–725 ( online ).
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen: Kingdom and God's grace. On the context and function of sacred ideas in historiography and pictorial evidence of the Ottonian-Early Salian period. Berlin 2001, p. 159.
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen: Kingdom and God's grace. On the context and function of sacred ideas in historiography and pictorial evidence of the Ottonian-Early Salian period. Berlin 2001, p. 435.
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen: Kingdom and God's grace. On the context and function of sacred ideas in historiography and pictorial evidence of the Ottonian-Early Salian period. Berlin 2001, p. 445.
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen: Kingdom and God's grace. On the context and function of sacred ideas in historiography and pictorial evidence of the Ottonian-Early Salian period. Berlin 2001, p. 408.
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen: Image of Rulers in Transition - A New Approach in the Staufer Era? In: Knut Görich , Romedio Schmitz-Esser (ed.): Barbarossabilder. Contexts of origin, horizons of expectation, contexts of use. Regensburg 2014, pp. 32–45, here: p. 44.
- ↑ Ludger Körntgen, Dominik Waßenhoven: Introduction. In this. (Ed.): Religion and Politics in the Middle Ages. Germany and England by Comparison. Berlin et al. 2013, pp. 11–16, here: p. 11.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German historian|
|DATE OF BIRTH||2nd August 1960|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Duisburg|