Wilhelm Levison

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Wilhelm Levison
Born27 May 1876
Died17 January 1947(1947-01-17) (aged 70)
Occupation(s)Writer, medievalist

Wilhelm Levison (27 May 1876, in Düsseldorf – 17 January 1947, in Durham) was a German medievalist.

He was well known as a contributor to Monumenta Germaniae Historica, especially for the vitae from the Merovingian era.[1] He also edited Wilhelm Wattenbach's Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mittelalter.[2] In 1935 he was forced to retire from his professorship at Bonn University because of the Nuremberg Laws. He fled Nazi Germany in the spring of 1939, taking a position at Durham University. He delivered the Ford Lectures at the University of Oxford in 1943,[3] and they were published as England and the Continent in the Eighth Century.[4] He died during the preparation of Aus Rheinischer und Fränkischer Frühzeit (1948).[5]

Reputation and influence[edit]

Conrad Leyser described Levison as "one of the giants of twentieth-century historical scholarship, his England and the Continent in the Eighth century one of its canonical texts";[6] Nicholas Howe, in 2004, called that book of "enduring" importance.[7] Five conferences have been held in commemoration of his work, and the lectures given at the 2007 meeting at Durham University were published in 2010.[6] Theodor Schieffer dedicated his Winfried - Bonifatius und die christliche Grundlegung Europas to Levison, who had been his doctoral advisor.[8]


  1. ^ Spiritual Kinship as Social Practice by Bernhard Jussen
  2. ^ Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mittelalter ZVAB.com
  3. ^ The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History edited by W. D. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles
  4. ^ Levison, Wilhelm (1946). England and the Continent in the Eighth Century: The Ford Lectures Delivered in the University of Oxford in the Hilary Term 1943. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198212324.
  5. ^ Aus rheinischer und fränkischer Frühzeit OCLC WorldCat
  6. ^ a b Leyser, Conrad (2010). "Introduction: England and the Continent". In Rollason, David; Leyser, Conrad; Williams, Hannah (eds.). England and the Continent in the Tenth Century:Studies in Honour of Wilhelm Levison (1876-1947). Brepols. p. 1. ISBN 9782503532080.
  7. ^ Howe, Nicholas (2004). "Rome: Capital of Anglo-Saxon England". Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 34 (1): 147–72. doi:10.1215/10829636-34-1-147. S2CID 170978121.
  8. ^ Schieffer, Theodor (1972). Winfried - Bonifatius und die christliche Grundlegung Europas. Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. ISBN 9783534060658.

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