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The Graduate Scholars of the Holy Roman Empire, 1250 - 1550

The task of the Repertorium Academicum Germanicum (RAG) is to collect biographical and social data on the theologians, jurists, physicians, and masters of arts who studied at a university between 1250 and 1550. The information is entered into a prosopographic database that will eventually cover the entire territory of the Holy Roman Empire. Nongraduate nobles who attended universities are also taken into account. The vast collection of data in the RAG, which will ultimately constitute a “who is who” of the scholars of the Empire, offers diverse new interdisciplinary perspectives. It will facilitate qualitative and quantitative statements on the intellectual elite of the Empire, their European networks, and institutional and territorial comparisons. The scholars' role in premodern society will thereby be describable on a firm empirical basis and explicable within the framework of modern educational research, with special reference to social, cultural, and scientific history. The RAG is expected to contain information on up to 60,000 scholars.

The RAG is supported by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Historische Kommission bei der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften) within the framework of the Academies' Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria, and the German Land (state) of Hesse.
The RAG is also an institution of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The project is currently under development by two groups, one at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and the other at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, Germany.
Overall management of the project lies with Prof. Dr. Rainer Christoph Schwinges and Prof. Dr. Christian Hesse (both Berne).

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The images on this website have been reproduced by courtesy of the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, Geheimes Hausarchiv, from HS 12, Winand von Steeg’s illustrated manuscript on exemption from duty on the parish wine of Bacharach on the Rhine, 1426.


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