Othmar Hageneder

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Othmar Hageneder (born July 25, 1927 in Linz ; † June 27, 2020 in Vienna ) was an Austrian historian . He was an internationally recognized expert in the field of papal documents. In addition, he mainly researched the regional history of Upper Austria .

life and work

The son of a police officer attended the academic high school in Linz. Shortly before the end of the war, he was drafted into the military and wounded. From 1946 to 1952 he studied history and geography at the University of Vienna to become a teacher , and he also completed the training course at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research . In 1951 he received his doctorate with a thesis on the late medieval history of Upper Austria. His main academic teachers were Leo Santifaller and Alfons Lhotsky . In 1952/53 he received a scholarship at the Austrian Cultural Institute in Rome. There he should be the registry of Pope Innocent III. edit for an edition . From 1953 to 1976 he was an official at the Upper Austrian Provincial Archives in Linz. In 1968 he completed his habilitation at the University of Vienna. He declined an appointment to the University of Göttingen . In 1976 he was appointed full professor for history of the Middle Ages and historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Innsbruck . From 1980 until his retirement in 1995, Hageneder taught as the successor to Heinrich Appelt as professor for history of the Middle Ages and historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Vienna. From 1981 he was a corresponding member of the Central Management of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica , from 1984 a corresponding and 1992 actual member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences . In 1994 he was awarded the Upper Austrian Culture Prize. In 2015 he became an honorary member of the Society for Regional Studies and Monument Preservation. Hageneder died in June 2020 at the age of 92. He found his final resting place in the St. Barbara cemetery in Linz.

His main research areas were papal diplomacy, sacerdotium and regnum from the 11th to the 13th century, the emergence of sovereignty, the influence of canon law on late medieval documents and secular rule. He published a fundamental work on spiritual jurisdiction in Upper and Lower Austria up to the beginning of the 15th century. In his early years he worked on the edition of Pope Innocent III's registers, which he soon took over. The twelve published volumes of the critical edition of the registry of Pope Innocent III. are considered his main work.


A list of publications appeared in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 95, 1987, pp. 314–321.


  • The spiritual jurisdiction in Upper and Lower Austria. From the beginning to the beginning of the 15th century (= research on the history of Upper Austria. Vol. 10). Böhlau, Graz 1967.


  • Hageneder, Othmar. In: Austrian Academy of Sciences. Almanach 1991/92, 142nd year, Vienna 1993, pp. 108-109.

Web links


  1. Othmar Hageneder (* July 25, 1927– † June 27, 2020). University of Vienna, Institute for Austrian Historical Research, accessed on June 30, 2020.
  2. See the discussions by Winfried Trusen in: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Canonical Department 55, 1961, pp. 528–531; Zoltan J. Kosztolnyik in: Austrian History Yearbook 11, 1975, pp. 262-264; Peter Herde in: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages 24, 1976, pp. 578-580 ( online ).