Christoph J. Hagemann
Geschichtsfiktion im Dienste territorialer Macht
Die Chronik von den 95 Herrschaften des Leopold von Wien
An examination of the so-called „Austrian Chronicle of the 95 Rulers“ by Leopold von Wien, which he compiled in the vernacular language and prose for Duke Albrecht III at the end of the 14th century, is the the central theme of this book. The assemblage for a total of 95 monarchs is remarkable for its predominantly fictional succession of rulers, with which the compiler traces Austrian history from the biblical, patriarchal period to his present day. In view of adaptations, assessments and the accounts of more than 80 somewhat illustrious authors, the question arises: How could such a historiographical disaster occur and why was it apparently so popular?
Christoph Hagemann studied History and German Philology at the Technische University of Dresden, working there as a research associate in the Collaborative Research Centre 537 "Institutionality and Historicity" from 2006 to 2008. Following stays in Kiel and Heidelberg, he has been a class teacher since 2010.