Heinzer's book, a series of case studies, deals with the fundamental relation between monastic reform and book production in the middle ages in the southwestern part of the German-speaking area during the period from the 9th to the early 16th century. This book, thus, might be considered as a complementary contribution to a long-term project, initiated by scholars of mediaeval german studies (Nigel Palmer and Hans-Jochen Schiewer), of reconstructing a "Literary Topography of south-west Germany", dealing however almost exclusively with Latin texts and focussing not as much on more specifically litterary matters, but rather on aspects of formal (esthetical) interest as well as on the conditions of writing and reading and on the social formations which fostered the production and dissemination of texts and books.
Felix Heinzer, Dr. theol. (1979), University of Fribourg/Switzerland; 1988-2005 Head of the Manuscript Department of Württembergische Landsbibliothek Stuttgart; since 2005 Professor of Mediaeval Latin at the University of Freiburg (Germany). He has published extensively on codicology and library history as well as on the history of mediaeval liturgy and monastic reform, including
900 Jahre Kloster Lorch (Stuttgart 2003).
Table of contents
1. Die Rechenau in Karolingischer und Ottonischer Zeit
2. Hochmittelalterliche Benediktinerreforme: Hirsau und sein Kreis
3. Zisterzienser und Zisterzienerinnen
4. reformen am Vorabend der Reformation
Verzeichnis der benutzen Literatur
All those interested in intellectual and cultural history of the middle ages, codicology and medieval library history, as well as historians of religious orders and monastic liturgy.