Ludwig Weiland

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Ludwig Weiland (born November 16, 1841 in Frankfurt am Main , † February 5, 1895 in Göttingen ) was a German historian.

Weiland, son of a painter and drawing teacher, studied after attending grammar school in Frankfurt am Main from 1861 to 1864 philology and history in Göttingen and Berlin, where he studied with Georg Waitz and Karl Müllenhoff . In 1864, Weiland was in Göttingen with Ernst Steindorff dedicated work on the development of the Saxon duchy under Lothar and Henry the Lion Dr. phil is doing his doctorate. From 1867 he worked as an employee of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Berlin. In 1876 he received an extraordinary and in 1879 a full professorship for history in Giessen. In 1881 he followed a call to Göttingen as the successor to Julius Weizsäcker . Weiland was a member of the National Liberal Party.

Weiland's scientific work consisted primarily in the publication of medieval writings. Within the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, he founded the series of Constitutiones , which collects documents from which one can recognize the high and late medieval legal order of the empire, often individual decisions that can be viewed in their entirety as imperial laws. His main work is the publication of the Saxon World Chronicle . Weiland rejected a call from the Prussian minister of education as chairman of the Central Directorate of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Berlin out of “love for teaching”.


  • Ernst Schubert : Art. Ludwig Weiland. In: Karl Arndt, Gerhard Gottschalk, Rudolf Smend, Ruth Slenczka (eds.): Göttingen scholars: the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen in portraits and appreciations (1751-2001). Wallstein, Göttingen 2001, p. 238.
  • Jakob Schwalm:  Weiland, Ludwig . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 41, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1896, pp. 490-493.

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