Martina Hartmann

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Martina Hartmann

Martina Hartmann , née Stratmann (born September 18, 1960 in Mülheim an der Ruhr ) is a German historian . Hartmann has been President of Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) since March 2018 . Hartmann presented several editions for MGH. She also emerged as the author of introductory studies and overviews of medieval history.

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Martina Hartmann passed the Abitur in 1980 and studied history, classical philology and historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Bonn from 1980 to 1986 ; In 1986 she passed the first state examination. In 1989 she received her doctorate in medieval history in Bonn under Rudolf Schieffer with a thesis on Hinkmar von Reims . From 1989 to 2000 she was a research assistant at Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH) in Munich and editor of the German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages . In 2001 she completed her habilitation at the University of Regensburg for medieval history and historical auxiliary sciences with a thesis on Matthias Flacius Illyricus . Since 2006 Hartmann has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Heidelberg ; In 2011 he was re- qualified at the University of Munich . In April 2012 she became Deputy President of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Hartmann has been co-editor of the German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages since the publication of issue 69/1 (2013) .

On March 8, 2018, she was unanimously elected President of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica by the 130th plenary assembly of the central management of the MGH. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Society , the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences , the Scientific Commission of the Medieval Center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Scientific Commission of the Pius Foundation for Papal Deeds at Göttingen Academy of Sciences . In 2020 she became an associate member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences .

Hartmann's research focuses on the transmission history of Latin texts from the Middle Ages, the history of the early and high Middle Ages, gender studies , historical auxiliary sciences and early modern historiography. The central subject of her dissertation was the new edition of Hinkmar's work “De ecclesiis et capellis” (MGH, Fontes iuris Germanici antiqui in usum scholarum 14, 1990). It is about "a legal opinion on the private church system , written on behalf of Charles the Bald , which Hinkmar took as an opportunity to tell his fellow bishops basic information about the right administration of a diocese". They also examined for Reims administration of the diocese and the ecclesiastical province in time Hincmar of Reims .

The time of the Merovingians is to be conveyed in a treatise published in 2003 "to new students as well as to those interested in history in an easily readable form". In 2004 she published the textbook Studying Medieval History . Hartmann wanted to write a book that "will be of use to many new students". The book is structured in five large sections: the practice of studying history, the basics of the epoch, the fundamentals of historical work, the basic or auxiliary sciences and ways of research: sub-disciplines and related sciences.

Martina Hartmann as President of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica at her workplace.

In 2009 she presented a treatise on the Queen in the Early Middle Ages. So far there has been no coherent description of this topic. Hartmann therefore wanted to present a “first inventory” of the current state of research on the queens in the early Middle Ages. The work is devoted to the period from the 5th to the 9th century and is divided into two parts. The first part (pp. 5–137) focuses on the queens in each realm. The second systematic-comparative part (pp. 138–223) deals with the position and tasks of early medieval queens. It deals with “marriage and marriage”, “court state of the queen and her furnishings”, “political influence”, “royal daughters”, “death and burial” and “afterlife”.

Hartmann worked on the Merovingian Diplomata edition. She edited Flodoards Historia ecclesiae Remensis in the MGH. In 2012, following preparatory work by Heinz Zatschek and Timothy Reuter, she presented Abbot Wibald's letter book by Stablo and Corvey in a critical edition. The edition of the 451 letters received consists of three volumes with a total of over 1000 pages. She took over the editing project after Timothy Reuter's death in 2002 and completed it within eight years. It is considered an example of the speedy completion of larger edition projects. A year before the edition was published, the MGH had already published a companion volume, which primarily deals with the delivery of letters from the Wibald area. Seven Wibald letters (pp. 29–44) and the six preserved “Epistolae vagantes” Corveyer provenance from the years 1146–1150 (pp. 47–56) were edited in it. According to Matthias Thumser , Hartmann's new critical edition will "undoubtedly make an important contribution to the research of letter literature in Germany in the 12th century".

In 2013 she published a brief overview of the Merovingians. In the first part it traced the dynastic history from Childeric I to Childeric III. The second part is devoted to rule, society and culture in the Merovingian Franconian Empire . She is married to the historian Wilfried Hartmann . With her husband she published a book about Charlemagne in 2014 . In eleven chapters, the 101 most important questions about the Franconian ruler and his era are answered.



  • The Merovingian (= Beck series. C.-H.-Beck-Wissen 2746). Beck, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-406-63307-2 .
  • Studies on the letters of Abbot Wibald von Stablo and Corvey as well as on the literature of letters in the early Staufer period (= MGH Studies and Texts. 52.). Hahn, Hannover 2011, ISBN 978-3-7752-5712-1 .
  • The queen in the early Middle Ages. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-17-018473-2 .
  • Study Medieval History (= UTB 2575). UVK-Verlags-Gesellschaft, Konstanz 2004, ISBN 3-8252-2575-5 (3rd, revised edition. Ibid 2011, ISBN 978-3-8252-2575-9 ).
  • Departure into the Middle Ages. The time of the Merovingians. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 2003, ISBN 3-534-15829-6 (special edition, 2nd edition with a preface supplemented, reviewed and bibliographically updated. Ibid 2011, ISBN 978-3-534-24034-0 ).
  • Humanism and Church Criticism. Matthias Flacius Illyricus as a researcher of the Middle Ages (= contributions to the history and source studies of the Middle Ages. Vol. 19). Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3-7995-5719-9 (At the same time: Regensburg, University, habilitation paper, 2000: Matthias Flacius Illyricus as a manuscript researcher. ).
  • Hinkmar von Reims as administrator of the diocese and church province (= sources and research on law in the Middle Ages. Vol. 6). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1991, ISBN 3-7995-6086-6 (partly at the same time: Bonn, University, dissertation under the title: Stratmann, Martina: Hinkmar von Reims).


  • with Claudia Märtl : From Kreuzburg to Munich. Horst Fuhrmann - Stations in the Life of a Historian. Böhlau, Cologne 2013, ISBN 3-412-22134-1 .
  • Charlemagne and his time. The 101 most important questions (= CH Beck Paperback. Vol. 7040). Beck, Munich 2014, ISBN 978-3-406-65893-8 .
  • Markus Frankl, Martina Hartmann (eds.): Herbipolis. Studies on the city and monastery of Würzburg in the late Middle Ages and early modern times (= publications from the college "Middle Ages and Early Modern Times" / University of Würzburg. Vol. 1). Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2015 ISBN 3-8260-5805-4 .


  • Abbot Wibald's letter book from Stablo and Corvey. Part 1–3. (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica. The letters of the German Imperial Era. Vol. 9.). Hahn, Hannover 2012, ISBN 978-3-7752-1812-2 .
  • Flodoard of Reims: Historia Remensis ecclesiae Flodoardus Remensis: Historia Remensis ecclesiae. Flodoard von Reims: The history of the Reims church. (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Scriptores. Vol. 36). Hahn, Hannover 1998, ISBN 3-7752-5434-X .
  • Hinkmar von Reims, Collectio de ecclesiis et capellis (= Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Leges. Vol. 8 = Fontes iuris Germanici antiqui in usum scholarum separatim editi. Vol. 14). Hahn, Hannover 1990, ISBN 3-7752-5332-7 .

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  1. Martina Hartmann: Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Report on the year 2017/18. In: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages. 74 (2018), pp. I – XIV, here: pp. I f.
  2. Martina Stratmann: Hinkmar von Reims as administrator of the diocese and church province. Sigmaringen 1991, p. 3.
  3. See the reviews by Laurent Morelle in: Bibliothèque de l'École des chartes 150 (1992), pp. 370–373; Ingrid Baumgärtner in: Historisches Jahrbuch 112 (1992), pp. 235–236; Ludovic Wankenne in: Revue Bénédictine 102 (1992), pp. 235-236; Reinhold Kaiser in: Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter 56 (1992), pp. 368-370; Gerhard Schmitz in: Journal of the Savigny Foundation for Legal History, Canonical Department 78 (1992), pp. 604–605; Olivier Guyotjeannin in: Francia 20 (1993), pp. 277-278 ( online ).
  4. Martina Hartmann: Departure into the Middle Ages. The time of the Merovingians. Darmstadt 2003, p. 11.
  5. Martina Hartmann: Studying medieval history. Konstanz 2004, p. 8.
  6. Martina Hartmann: The Queen in the Early Middle Ages. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, p. 4.
  7. ^ The documents of the Merovingians, based on preliminary work by Carlrichard Brühl (†) ed. by Theo Kölzer with the assistance of Martina Hartmann, Andrea Stieldorf , part 12, Hanover 2001
  8. See the reviews by Tanja Broser in: H-Soz-Kult , November 6, 2013 ( online ); Matthias Thumser in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 122 (2014), pp. 153–155 ( online )
  9. Claudia Zey: How do you edit historiographical sources from the Middle Ages in the 21st century? In: Olivier Canteaut, Rolf Große (Ed.): Pourquoi éditer des textes médiévaux au XXIe siècle? 8e rencontre de la Gallia Pontificia, organisée par l'École nationale des chartes, l'Institut historique allemand et les Monumenta Germaniae Historica. Paris, May 17, 2013. ( online ).
  10. See the reviews of Gerhard Lubich in: Historische Zeitschrift 297 (2013), pp. 173–175; Martin Wihoda in: sehepunkte 13 (2013), No. 11 [15.. November 2013], ( online ); Matthias Thumser in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 122 (2014), pp. 153–155 ( online ).
  11. See the review by Matthias Thumser in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 122 (2014), pp. 153–155, here: p. 155 ( online ).
  12. See the review by Klaus Oschema in: Das Mittelalter 20/1 (2015), pp. 197–198.