Digital Edition and Annotation of the Diary of Prince Christian II of Anhalt-Bernburg (1599-1656)

Prince Christian II of Anhalt-Bernburg (1599-1656)
Oil painting (late 18th century based on an earlier model)
Museum Schloss Bernburg, Gemäldesammlung, VIa/59/44

In cooperation with the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

The digital edition of the diary of the Calvinist Prince Christian II of Anhalt-Bernburg (1599-1656) will open up a quantitatively and qualitatively very unique concave mirror of German and European history as well as of the varied discourses in the era of the first half of the seventeenth century. The document covers the years stretching from 1621 to 1656. It is stored in the Landeshauptarchiv Dessau (State Saxony-Anhalt) and comprises 23 volumes with approximately 17,400 mostly hand-written pages. Prince Christian’s daily notations from the period of the Thirty Years War far surpass all known German personal testimonials of that period regarding their thematic abundance and literary quality, their subtle, learned rhetoric and subjective expressivity. They supply an enormous wealth of complex historical information, which has the potential of inspiring all facets of early modern research (i.e. autobiographical writing; political and war history; social history and the history of everyday life; gender history; history of the nobility; cultural, language and literary history; confessionalization; the history of emotions and of dreams).

The project is being carried out by the HAB in cooperation with Prof Dr Ronald G. Asch and Dr Arndt Schreiber (Freiburg University) and is planned for a twelve year period within the framework of a DFG long-term project.

The digital edition will be provided with a general introduction and search masks for places, persons and full text. The retrievable diary volumes will be accompanied by color scans of the original pages, transcriptions (including printable versions), necessary translations where applicable, brief introductions, tabular or cartographic itineraries, index of places and persons, a glossary of archaic terminology as well as cartographic material for the Principality of Anhalt, the Holy Roman Empire and Europe in the first half of the seventeenth century. The project is supervised by an academic advisory board.



Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Current duration: November 2013 – October 2022
Researchers: Dr. Andreas Herz, Dr. Alexander Zirr, Maximilian Görmar (HAB); Dr. Arndt Schreiber, Anna-Maria Blank (WHK) (Freiburg)
Project group (HAB): Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gleixner, Torsten Schaßan
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