Andreas Bihrer - Andreas Bihrer

Andreas Bihrer (* 1970 in Heilbronn ) is a German historian . He teaches as professor for history of the early and high Middle Ages as well as basic historical sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel .


Andreas Bihrer studied history, German and political science at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg from 1991/92 to 1997 . From 1999 to 2005 he was an assistant in Freiburg at Paul Gerhard Schmidt's Seminar for Medieval Latin Philology . In 2003 he received his doctorate with the thesis supervised by Thomas Zotz on the Konstanzer Bischofshof in the 14th century. For his exercise "Of course an old handwriting ... editorial exercise" from the 2006/07 winter semester, he was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Teaching Prize in 2008 . In 2010 he completed his habilitation in Freiburg with a thesis on the contacts between the East Franconian-German Empire and England in the early Middle Ages. From 2005 to 2012, Bihrer was a temporary academic advisor at Birgit Studt's chair for medieval history in Freiburg . In the summer semester of 2011 he was a substitute professor for Karl-Heinz Spieß at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald . In the winter semester 2011/12 he was a substitute professor at the chair for Medieval History for Stefan Weinfurter at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg . Bihrer has been teaching since 2012 as the successor to Heinrich Dormeier as Professor of Medieval History at Kiel University .

He is a member of the German University Association , Association of Historians of Germany , Medievalists Association , International Courtly Literature Society, History Association of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart , Association for the History of Lake Constance and its Surroundings and Breisgau History Association Schau-ins-Land .

Research priorities

His main research interests are exchange and transfer in the early Middle Ages, the Anglo-East Franconian encounters in the early and high Middle Ages, the communication history of the premodern, ecclesiastical princes, court and city, and the Reformation . Bihrer is considered an expert on the history of the Constance diocese. In his dissertation, he examined the late medieval bishop's court using the example of Constance in the 14th century. He set the temporal focus on the episcopates of the bishops Gerhard von Bevar (1307–1318), Rudolf von Montfort (1322–1334), Nikolaus von Frauenfeld (1334–1344), Ulrich Pfefferhard (1345–1351) and Johann Windlock(1351-1356). Using the example of Constance, Bihrer wants to research the until then little researched ecclesiastical court and thereby "develop essential structural elements of late medieval bishops' courts". By court, Bihrer understands the entire environment of the bishop and “includes all persons who had a personal connection to the ordinary, who participated in the power of rule connected with the Konstanz church or who were present in the episcopal environment”. [1]After an introduction and the general social conditions, institutions and rulership practice, social and communicative aspects of the institution are dealt with in three main sections. As a result, he found that in the first half of the 14th century, the high aristocratic count party and the lower aristocratic Klingenberg party, two kinship associations dominated the bishop's court. With his dissertation he made a fundamental contribution to the Bishops of Constance and their administrative apparatus in the late 13th and 14th centuries. [2] He previously published other articles about the Constance bishops Johann Windlock and Ulrich Pfefferhard. [3]

In his Freiburg habilitation thesis, Bihrer was able to show that there were no intensive contacts between England and the East Franconian Empire between the middle of the 9th century and the 11th century. The contacts between the two peoples did not intensify after 900, neither for the common defense of the Vikings nor through the marriage of Otto the Great with Edgith , the Anglo-Saxon daughter of Æthelstan . In addition, in the early Middle Ages there was no evidence of a developmental lead on the continent or a cultural gap between England and the East Franconian Empire. [4] From this, Bihrer developed the thesis of fundamentally questioning comparable “images of modernization and progress”.[5]

Fonts (selection)


  • Encounters between the East Frankish-German Empire and England (850–1100). Contacts - constellations - functionalizations - effects (= Medieval research. Vol. 39). Thorbecke, Stuttgart 2012, ISBN 978-3-7995-4290-6 (also: Freiburg im Breisgau, University, habilitation paper, 2010–2011) ( review )
  • The Konstanz Bishop's Court in the 14th century. Manorial, social and communicative aspects (= residence research. Vol. 18). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2005, ISBN 3-7995-4518-2 (= at the same time: Freiburg, University, dissertation, 2002/03).


  • with Fiona Fritz: Holiness. Constructions, functions and transfer of concepts of holiness in the European early and high Middle Ages. Steiner, Stuttgart 2019, ISBN 978-3-515-12134-7 .
  • with Anja Franke-Schwenk and Tine Stein : Finiteness. On the transience and limitation of man, nature and society (= Edition Kulturwissenschaft. Vol. 59). transcript, Bielefeld 2016, ISBN 978-3-8376-2945-3 .
  • with Mathias Kälble, Heinz Krieg: Nobility and royalty in medieval Swabia. Festschrift for Thomas Zotz on his 65th birthday. (= Publications of the Commission for Historical Regional Studies in Baden-Württemberg. Vol. 175). Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-17-020863-6 . ( Review )



  1. Andreas Bihrer: The Konstanzer Bischofshof in the 14th century. Manorial, social and communicative aspects. Ostfildern 2005, p. 19.
  2. See the reviews of Gabriela Signori in: Journal for historical research 34 (2007), pp. 663–664; Jörg Peltzer in: Historische Zeitschrift 283 (2006), pp. 744–745; Uwe Braumann in: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages 64 (2008), pp. 339–340 ( online ); Valérie Vermassen in: Francia-Recensio 2008/4 ( online ); Karin Sperl in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 116 (2008), pp. 187–189; Peter Niederhäuser in: Traverse. Zeitschrift für Geschichte 2/2009, pp. 176–177 ( online); Georg Modestin in: Swiss Journal for History 61 (2011), pp. 503–504 ( online ); Paul Oberholzer in: Swiss Journal for Religious and Cultural History 100 (2006), pp. 394–396; Gertrud Thoma in: Journal for Bavarian State History 70 (2007), pp. 361–363 ( online ); Brigitte Hotz in: Journal for Württemberg State History 66 (2007), pp. 600–604; Kurt Andermann in: Zeitschrift für die Geschichte des Oberrheins 155 (2007), pp. 568–569; Norbert Haag in: Zeitschrift für Hohenzollerische Geschichte 127 (2006), pp. 252-255; Bernhard Neidiger in:Rottenburger Jahrbuch für Kirchengeschichte 25 (2006), pp. 367–369; Immo Eberl in: Blätter für Württembergische Kirchengeschichte 106 (2006), pp. 367–368; Paul Oberholzer in: Writings of the Association for the History of Lake Constance and its Surroundings 125 (2007), pp. 245–247; Renate Liessem-Breinlinger in: Journal of the Breisgau History Association “Schau-ins-Land” 125 (2006), pp. 197-198 ( online ).
  3. Andreas Bihrer: A citizen as bishop: The Constance bishop Ulrich Pfefferhard (1345-1351), his court and the city. In: Thomas Zotz (ed.): Princely courts and their outside world. Aspects of social and cultural identity in the German late Middle Ages. Würzburg 2004, pp. 201-216. Andreas Bihrer: The murder of the Bishop of Constance Johann Windlock (1351-1356) in the perception of contemporaries and posterity. In: Natalie M. Fryde and Dirk Reitz (eds.): Bischofsmord im Mittelalter. Murder of bishops. Göttingen 2003, pp. 335-392.
  4. ^ The results in the review by Michael Borgolte in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswwissenschaft 60 Jg. 2012, pp. 762–763. Further reviews by Janet L. Nelson in: German Historical Institute London Bulletin 36 (2014), pp. 49-55 ( online ); Dominik Waßenhoven in: Historische Zeitschrift 297 (2013), pp. 171–173; Ingrid Rembold in: English Historical Review 129 (2014), pp. 410-412; Rutger Kramer in: Early Medieval Europe 22 (2014), pp. 234-237; John Gillingham in: Mitteilungen des Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 122 (2014), pp. 195–197; Sören Kaschke in:The middle age. Journal of the Medieval Society 20/1 (2015), pp. 184–185; Alheydis Plassmann in: Sehepunkte 12 (2012), No. 10 [15. October 2012], ( online ); Levi Roach in: Francia-Recensio 2012-4 ( online ); Torben R. Gebhardt in: H-Soz-Kult , July 3, 2013 ( online ).
  5. ^ Andreas Bihrer: Encounters between the East Franconian-German Empire and England (850–1100). Contacts - constellations - functionalizations - effects. Stuttgart 2012, p. 510.