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This site is dedicated to developing and presenting research and teaching materials about the interactions between Slavs and Germans in the Central Middle Ages along the Elbe river and beyond. Our aim is to provide scholars, teachers and students with resources for comprehending this understudied and underappreciated zone of cross-cultural contact in North Central Europe. Central to this project is a text that we call the Deeds of Margrave Wiprecht of Groitzsch, an invaluable twelfth-century source for this region. 

The project originated in the realization, while translating the Deeds of Margrave Wiprecht of Groitzsch, that it comprises a number of independently authored, anonymous texts cut and pasted together to form a compilation into which later writers made a number of notations and insertions.  Although it survives in a lone manuscript copied by a single hand ca. 1150, it is better understood as communally authored by the monks of Pegau over several decades in the first half of the twelfth century. The initial core of this website explains and demonstrates this visibly. 

We hope to expand the project in the future, to include further analysis of Wiprecht and of Pegau, as well as studies of other texts, individuals, institutions, and locations in the Elbian borderlands.

 

 

Jonathan Lyon is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on the political and social history of Germany, Austria, and the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, particularly the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. He has held fellowships from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: Lise Meitner Project #1534-G18), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the J. William Fulbright Program, and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation. His first book, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100–1250 (Cornell University Press, 2013), argues that sibling relationships played a pivotal role in shaping political dynamics both inside individual noble families and at the courts of the German kings and emperors. He is also the author of a volume of translations entitled Noble Society: Five Lives from Twelfth-Century Germany (Manchester University Press, 2017). His current research projects include a study of the office of church advocate in medieval Germany and a general survey of the history of the medieval Holy Roman Empire.

Lisa Wolverton, Professor of History at the University of Oregon, concentrates her research on the Czech Lands in the early and central Middle Ages.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and, from 1996-99, was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her books include Hastening Toward Prague: Power and Society in the Medieval Czech Lands (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), a translation of Cosmas of Prague’s Chronicle of the Czechs (Catholic University of America Press, 2009), and Cosmas of Prague:  Narrative, Classicism, Politics (Catholic University of America Press, 2015). She is also the author, with Ian F. McNeely, of Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet (W.W. Norton, 2008); editor, with David C. Mengel, of Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015), and translator, with Jonathan R. Lyon, of "The Deeds of Margrave Wiprecht of Groitzsch," published in Noble Society: Five Lives from Twelfth-Century Germany. Her current projects include an analysis of Czech involvement in the Investiture Contest, studies of historical and hagiographical writings during and after the rebellions against Henry IV, a set of essays on Central Europe in the Ottonian era, a study of Lampert of Hersfeld's Annals, and a book-length examination of the Deeds of Wiprecht.

 

Questions and comments about the website are most welcome.  Please contact us at:  lwolvert@uoregon.edu or jlyon@uchicago.edu