Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

In a 2013 forum published in German History , “Globalizing Early Modern German History”, I was one of five historians asked to reflect on “the ways in which early modern scholars might not only respond to but also drive forward the narratives and curricula of global history.” 1 Along with

Victorious Virgin: Early Modern Mary Epics between Theological-Didactical and Epic Poetry (Virgo Victrix: Frühneuzeitliche Marienepik zwischen theologischem Lehrgedicht und Epos)

On the Three Books of Mary by Julius Caesar Delphinus († 1564) (Die Mariados libri tres des Julius Caesar Delphinus († 1564))

Bernd Roling

literature in the medieval and early modern periods. Hrsg. von Juanita Feros Ruys. Turnhout 2008, S. 497–520. 14 Tommaso Ceva: Jesus puer poema. Mailand 1690, Liber vi , S. 58–67, auch deutsch als Tommaso Ceva: Jesus als Knabe. Ein lateinisches Heldengedicht. Übersetzt von Johann Michael Beitelrock

Kai Bremer

The investigation of the biblical epic is usually focused on the literary reception of the ancient epic. This is expedient. Nevertheless, in this paper additional perspectives on the biblical epic are discussed. It takes into account the early-modern, literary-theoretical reception of the Bible and it compares the reception of the Bible in epic with that in early modern tragedy. In conclusion, it critically discusses the considerations on the biblical epic in Ernst Robert Curtius’ Europäische Literatur und lateinisches Mittelalter (first 1948).

Falsehood, Fact and Fiction in Early Modern Rogue Literature

Robert Greene's Cony-catching Pamphlets

Bettina Boecker


Diana Matut

For over a hundred years the so called “Wallich-manuscript” has fascinated scholars of various disciplines, be it Yiddish/Jewish studies, music, comparative literature and the like. It is one of the most important sources for the study of Yiddish and German folksongs as well as Purim-plays in the Early Modern period. The unknown collector of the texts has gathered more than sixty songs, plays, parodies and so on, some of them Yiddish transcriptions of German works, others original writings. For the first time, this fascinating collection has now been edited completely and a commentary has been prepared. The result is a complex picture of Yiddish culture in Early Modern times.

"It is an important achievement of Diana Matut...that she presents a new edition of the work in her Dichtung und Musik im frühneuzeitlichen Aschkenas. The manuscript is indeed very important for our understanding of Ashkenazi culture in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, and the new edition...offers a meaningful contribution to the field." Claudia Rosenzweig, Bar-Ilan University

"The two volumes are a carefully prepared and beautifully published edition and commentary, by Diana Matut, of two collections of Yiddish poems assembled sometime in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries..." Don Harrán, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Milan Pelc

This volume is dedicated to a specific kind of Renaissance publications - to books with portraits of famous people. Illustrium Imagines has become a phrase denoting the very tenet of early modern individualism as well as the phenomenon of the widespread individual popularity acquired through book illustration and prints.
The first part of the study deals with major characteristics of portrait books from the very beginnings in the biographies of classical antiquity to their new role as a medium of information, representation and propaganda in the early modern world. The second part of the study consists of a bibliographical list of publications that correspond to criteria of portrait books. The catalogue contains 173 major units, most of them illustrated by one typical portrait.

Chefredakteur Friedrich Jaeger

This German edition is available in combination with the English edition Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online. The Outright Purchase Price for the combined product can be found here.

Die Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit bietet 400 Jahre Geschichte in einem Werk. Wissenschaftler aus der ganzen Welt führen die Erkenntnisse über das bedeutsame Zeitalter von der Mitte des 15. bis zur Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts zusammen. Die Perspektive ist europäisch. Das bedeutet jedoch nicht, dass die Sicht auf den Rest der Welt versperrt ist. Im Gegenteil, die facettenreiche Wechselbeziehung von europäischen und anderen Kulturen wurde ausführlich betrachtet. Die Enzyklopädie liefert aktuelle Antworten auf die Kernfragen:
- Welche Ideen, Erfindungen und Ereignisse veränderten das Leben der Menschen?
- In welcher Weise veränderten sich die Lebensbedingungen?
- Wie greifen politische, gesellschaftliche und ökonomische Entwicklungen ineinander?
- Welche großen kulturellen Strömungen kristallisieren sich heraus?
- Wie wandelte sich die Deutung historischer Ereignisse?

Wie in einem Netz von roten Fäden werden die einzelnen Artikel miteinander verbunden. Der Leser, der den Fäden folgt, wird immer wieder auf neue und unerwartete Zusammenhänge und Verknüpfungen stoßen.

Die Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit Online basiert auf der gedruckten Ausgabe Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit (J.B. Metzler Verlag Stuttgart, 2005-2012). Die Druckversion wurde im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit Fachwissenschaftlern herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Friedrich Jaeger.

The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History (Online) offers 400 years of Early Modern History in one work. Experts from all over the world have joined in a presentation of the scholarship on the great era between the mid-15th to the mid-19th centuries. The perspective is European. That does not mean, however, that the view on the rest of the world is blocked. On the contrary - the multifaceted interrelatedness of European and other cultures is scrutinized extensively. The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History provides the latest answers to history’s key questions:
- Which ideas, inventions, and events changed people’s lives?
- In which ways did living conditions change?
- How do political, social, and economic developments interlock?
- Which major cultural currents have begun to become apparent?
- How did historical interpretation of certain phenomena change?

As in a web of red threads, the individual articles are connected to one another. The reader who follows the threads will keep coming upon new and unexpected contexts and links.

The Encyclopedia of Early Modern History (Online) is based on the printed publication Die Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit (J.B. Metzler Verlag Stuttgart).