Medieval Studies

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The Medieval Studies ( latin medium aevum , middle age '), also Mediaevistik or medieval studies , is the science of the European Middle Ages .

The main areas of Medieval Studies are:

  • Interdisciplinary research into the European Middle Ages by historians, philologists, archaeologists, theologians and scientists from other fields. In Germany, this universal perspective is promoted by the Medievalist Association and made public in its magazine Das Mittelalter .
  • In the science of history, European medieval history.
  • The archeology , especially the so-called "urban archeology" to investigate the living conditions of the medieval towns and settlements.
  • The Germanic medieval studies ( "Old German"), as a branch of German language and literature , the science of the German language and literature of the Middle Ages to the Early's modern times , ie the period from about 700 to 1500. Accordingly, the Foreign Languages and Literatures the other European medieval vernacular languages ​​and the philology of Middle Latin are part of Medieval Studies.
  • The art historical research into book art , painting , sculpture and architecture .

Also auxiliary historical sciences such as paleography , codicology , sigillography and heraldry are important for Medieval Studies. Bernd Schneidmüller (2005) noted a shift in medieval history from constitutional history to the history of political orders and identities.


  • Michael Borgolte : Europe under the spell of the Middle Ages. How the past and present of our living environment change the perspective of medieval studies. In: Yearbook for European History 6, 2005, pp. 117–135.
  • Philippe Buc , Hans W. Goetz, Anne M. Helvétius, Hans-Werner Goetz (eds.): The actuality of the Middle Ages (= challenges, historical-political analyzes. Vol. 10). Winkler, Bochum 2000, ISBN 3-930083-54-X .
  • Peter Dinzelbacher (Ed.): Specialized dictionary of medieval studies (= Kröner's pocket edition . Volume 477). Kröner, Stuttgart 1992, ISBN 3-520-47701-7 .
  • Hans-Werner Goetz, Jörg Jarnut (Ed.): Medieval Studies in the 21st Century. Status and perspectives of international and interdisciplinary research on the Middle Ages (= Medieval Studies of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on the Middle Ages and its aftermath, Paderborn. Vol. 1). Fink, Munich 2003, ISBN 3-7705-3888-9 ( digitized version )
  • Hans-Werner Goetz: Modern Medieval Studies. Status and perspectives of medieval research. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 1999, ISBN 3-534-14121-0 .
  • Peter Moraw , Rudolf Schieffer (Ed.): The German-speaking Medieval Studies in the 20th Century (= Konstanz Working Group for Medieval History. Lectures and Research. Vol. 62). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2005, ISBN 3-7995-6862-X ( digitized version ).
  • Thomas Marschler , Task and Self-Understanding of Theological Medieval Studies from the Perspective of Catholic Dogmatics, in: Archa Verbi 7 (2010) pp. 105–124.
  • Anne Christine Nagel : In the shadow of the Third Reich. Medieval research in the Federal Republic of Germany 1945-1970 (= forms of memory. Vol. 24). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2005, ISBN 978-3-525-35583-1 .
  • Hedwig Röckelein : Keynote lecture 'Premodern' ('Middle Ages'). In: zeitenblicke 4 (2005), No. 1, [03/09/2005], Link (outline of medieval research up to 2005)
  • Meinolf Schumacher : Introduction to the German literature of the Middle Ages. Scientific Book Society, Darmstadt 2010, ISBN 978-3-534-19603-6 .
  • Ruth Weichselbaumer: Virtual Middle Ages. Medieval Studies on the Internet. Hirzel, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-7776-1361-4 .
  • Lexicon of the Middle Ages . 9 volumes. Munich 1980–1998
  • Dictionary of the Middle Ages . 13 volumes. New York City 1982-1989

Web links

Wiktionary: Medieval Studies  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations


  1. ^ Bernd Schneidmüller: From the German constitutional history to the history of political orders and identities in the European Middle Ages. In: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswwissenschaft 53, 2005, 485–500.