Michael Losse

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Michael Losse on an excursion in Portugal in 2016

Michael Losse (* 1960 in Lünen - Brambauer ) is a German historian , art historian , specialist book author and castle and fortress researcher . After studying in Marburg , he first worked for a few years in the university sector before going self-employed in 1999.

The focus of Losse's research are castles, palaces , fortresses, medieval and modern church construction as well as historicism . His research areas are in Germany (including Lake Constance , Eifel , Hegau , High Rhine , Lahn , Middle Rhine , Moselle , Upper Bavaria ), Greece ( Aegean , Dodecanese ), Malta , Switzerland (cantons of Schaffhausen , Thurgau , Zurich ) and the north and west of Wales .

life and work

Michael Losse grew up in the Ahrweiler district . During his primary school days, a teacher aroused Lose's interest in castles, which his father encouraged through frequent castle excursions in the Eifel . After graduating from high school in 1979 and two years of community service , he studied history, art history, German and pedagogy at the Philipps University of Marburg . He graduated with honors in 1990 with a Magister Artium . His master's thesis dealt with "civil castles" in the 19th and 20th centuries. Century. From 1987 to 1997 he worked as a research assistant at the German Documentation Center for Art History - Photo Marburg at the Art History Institute of the University of Marburg. At the same time, from 1994 onwards, he took on teaching assignments in the art history department of the Philipps University to conduct interdisciplinary courses together with Horst Wolfgang Böhme . In 1997 Losse received his doctorate from Professor Ulrich Schütte from Marburg with a thesis on the old Bonn Rhine bridge and the Rhine bridges of the Wilhelminian era , which was published as a book in 2000. This was followed by a lecturer position and substitute professorship for Hartmut Hofrichter at the University of Kaiserslautern in the department of architecture / civil engineering / spatial and environmental planning, there in the teaching and research area of ​​architectural history / history of urban development / monument preservation. He has been working part-time in Malta since 1992, and later in Greece, Wales and Switzerland.

During the 1990s Michael Losse was involved in several projects in the museum sector. In 1994 he designed the exhibition “Churches in the Old District of Adenau 1815–1932” on behalf of the city of Adenau. From 1996 to 1998 he was a member of the preparation committee for the Bodo Ebhardt exhibition in Berlin in 1999.

Michael Losse has been working as a freelance lecturer , author, reviewer and castle and fortress researcher since 1999 . Among other things, he works or worked for the "Burgenforschung Dr. Joachim Zeune ”, for the Monument Academy of the German Foundation for Monument Protection and the Zurich Travel School.

In 2001/2002 he realized the project he developed for the AG Hegau-Schaffhausen: “Castles, adventure trails Hegau, neighboring Switzerland, western Lake Constance”. In 2008, a travel grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation supported his research on castles, fortresses and fortified sites of the Order of St. John in the Aegean. He published the results in the publication The Crusaders of Rhodes. Before the Johanniter became Maltese . It is only one of Losses numerous publications, as he is the editor and author of many books on the subject of castles and more than 250 specialist and lexicon articles. For example, he was an employee of the General Artists' Dictionary , the Palatinate Castle Lexicon from the Institute for Palatinate History and Folklore and the publication Burgen in Mitteleuropa , which was published in 1999 by the German Castle Association . His publications are not aimed exclusively at a specialist audience, but also at interested laypeople, castle fans and committed monument owners. Losses publications and lectures on the castle as a theme, symbol and motif in heavy metal also fit in with this . He is one of the fans of this music genre himself. Since 2012 he has been researching castle reception in (heavy) metal and is preparing a publication on this.


Lose's scientific commitment to and interest in research on castles and fortresses is also expressed through participation in numerous associations. In 1996 he was one of the founding members of the Marburger Burgen-Arbeitskreis eV (now the Marburg Working Group for European Castle Research) and was its first chairman until 1998. From 1997 to 2006 he held the post of Vice President of the German Society for Fortress Research (DGF). In addition, he is a member of the scientific advisory boards of several associations, including the Hessischer Heimatbund (since 2001) and, since 2002, the Hegau history association. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of Europa Nostra and, since 1997, of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Castle Association, for which he was involved in the planning of the EBIDAT from 2001 .

honors and awards

  • 2004 Badge of Honor from the city of Adenau
  • 2010 Culture Prize (Constance District)
  • 2016 Appointment as “Friend of Rhodes” by the Mayor of Rhodes

Publications (selection)


As an author
  • 1987: City of Adenau (= Rheinische Kunststätten. Issue No. 322)
  • 1993: The Johanniter state in the Aegean Sea (1309–1522). Aspects of the castles and fortresses of the Order of St. John in the area of ​​today's Greece and Turkey
  • 1993: The Catholic parish church of St. Philippus and Jakobus, Kempenich in the Eifel (= Schnell & Steiner Little Art Guide. No. 2097)
  • 1999: Castles and palaces in the Wetterau and Vogelsberg (in collaboration with Gabriele Nina Bode)
  • 2003: Theiss Burgenführer Hohe Eifel and Ahrtal
  • 2007: The Moselle. Castles, palaces, aristocratic residences and fortifications from Trier to Koblenz
  • 2010: Überlingen on Lake Constance - cultural history and architecture
  • 2013: Castles and palaces in the Eifel
  • 2015: Castles and palaces on the Middle Rhine
  • 2016: The Hohentwiel fortress and the castles and palaces around Singen (Hohentwiel) in Hegau
  • 2017: Castles and fortresses of the Knights of St. John on Rhódos and in the Aegean Sea. Greece 1307-1522.
As (co-) editor
  • 2001: The most beautiful palaces and fortresses in the Lahn valley
  • 2003: Fortifications and entrenchments in Hegau from the 15th to the early 20th century
  • 2012/2013: Castles, palaces, aristocratic residences and fortifications on the northern part of Lake Constance , volumes 1.1 and 1.2
  • 2015: Historicism and Art Nouveau in the Constance district

Book contributions

  • 1999: Castles in the Westerwald in post-medieval times. Conversions, destruction and demolitions, historicist conversions and new buildings. In: Castles and palaces in the Westerwald. Historic defense and residential buildings between Sieg, Lahn, Dill and Rhine
  • 2008: Castles and towns in the Aegean state of the Order of St. John (1306 / 07–1522). In: Castles and Cities of the Crusader Period (= studies on international architecture and art history. Volume 65)
  • 2010: Between “Dark Fortress” and “Nebelburg Fortress”. Castle, palace and fortress as a theme and motif in the (heavy) metal scene. In: Castle Myth
  • 2013: The Development of Gunpowder Defenses at the Knights Hospitallers' Fortifications on the Dodecanese Islands (1307-1522). In: Islands and Millitary Orders, c. 1291-c. 1798
  • 2015: Innovative defense elements at Johanniter castles and fortifications in the Aegean (1307 to 1522). In: Joachim Zeune (ed.): "Dem Feind zum Trutz". Defense elements on medieval castles (= publications of the German Castle Association, Series B: Writings. Volume 14)
  • 2016: Bismarck, Widerholt and the Hohentwiel as "Swabian Grail Castle". Castle reception and heroes' memory on Württemberg's historic fortress in the 19th century. In: Stadtarchiv Singen (Hrsg.): Latest research results on the history of the mountain and the fortress Hohentwiel


  • 1991: The Kastro Lykourgo near Pythagoreion on the island of Samos. A castle complex from the time of the Greek War of Independence. In: Castles and Palaces , 1/1991
  • 1993: St. Peter zu Sinzig. The Peterskirche against the background of the Aachen reception in the 13th century and its reception in the Wilhelminian era. In: Heimatjahrbuch Kreis Ahrweiler 1993 ( online )
  • 1995: The "Knight of the Stock Exchange" in the "cozy hunky pane bay window". Comments on the real and ideal occupation of medieval castles by commoners in the Eifel-Moselle area (1815-1918). In: Eifeljahrbuch 1996
  • 1997: Bridge construction and homeland security in the Eifel. Examples of landscape-related bridge construction in the first third of the 20th century. In: Eifeljahrbuch 1998
  • 1998: The Johanniter Ordensburg 'Kástro tís Panajías' near Plátanos (Léros Island / Greece) and its importance in the context of the early fortifications of the bastion in the Aegean. In: Marburg correspondence sheet on castle research , 1997/1998
  • 2000: "... under the romantic influence of the great history of the banks of the Rhine and Moselle." Villa and country house designs by Willy Bock (1877-1955) in Vallendar and Koblenz. In: Heimatbuch Kreis Mayen-Koblenz 2001
  • 2003: Rosenegg, the disappeared bishop's castle. Notes on the history and the fall of Rosenegg Castle. In: Hegau , 60/2003
  • 2005: The fortifications of Hohentwiel / Hegau (Germany) from 915 to 1800: History - Restoration - Re-use - Tourism - Natural Protection. In: Europa Nostra Scientific Bulletin , 59/2005
  • 2009: Watchtowers and residential towers from the time of the Order of St. John (1307–1522) on the Aegean island of Rhódos (Greece). In: Castles and Palaces , 4/2009
  • 2010: The Town-Fortress Überlingen at Northern Lake Constance (Bodensee). In: Europa Nostra Scientific Bulletin , 64/2010
  • 2012: The "Mirbach Castle". A forgotten building of the late "Castle Romanticism" in the context of its creation. In: Landkreis Vulkaneifel Yearbook 2012 ( online )
  • 2014: The four castles and palaces in Gailingen on the Upper Rhine. In: ARX. Castles and palaces in Bavaria, Austria and South Tyrol , 2/2014
  • 2017: The development of Bastion in the Knights Hospitallersʼ Monastic State in the Dodecanese, Aegean Sea (15th and 16th centuries) - some new aspects. In: CEAMA , 15/2017 ( PDF )


  • Kürschner's German Non-Fiction Calendar 2001/2002. Sauer, Munich / Leipzig 2002, ISBN 3-598-24180-1 , p. 257.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Stephanie Hahn, Michael H. Sprenger (ed.): Dominion - Architecture - Space. Festschrift for Ulrich Schütte on the occasion of his 60th birthday (= writings on residential culture. Volume 4). Lukas, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-86732-024-5 , p. 400.
  2. a b CV on burgenkunde.de , accessed on July 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Stephanie Hahn, Michael H. Sprenger (ed.): Dominion - Architecture - Space. Festschrift for Ulrich Schütte on the occasion of his 60th birthday (= writings on residential culture. Volume 4). Lukas, Berlin 2008, ISBN 978-3-86732-024-5 , p. 401.
  4. Michael Losse. The castle book. Theiss, Stuttgart 2013, ISBN 978-3-8062-2710-9 , pp. 9, 145, 157.
  5. ↑ Castle researcher Michael Losse considers the Marburg Landgrave Castle to be underestimated. In: Gießener Anzeiger . Edition of April 10, 2014 ( online ( memento of the original of August 28, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this note. ). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.giessener-anzeiger.de
  6. ^ Member list of the Scientific Council on europanostra.org , accessed on July 8, 2017.
  7. EBIDAT employee list , accessed on July 9, 2017.