Book Series Studia Sententiarum, vol. 6

The Rise of an Academic Elite : Deans, Masters, and Scribes at the University of Vienna before 1400

Monica Brînzei (ed)

  • Pages: xi + 697 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:15 col.
  • Language(s):English, French, Latin
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60102-1
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Through Rheinfelden’s notebooks, this volume provides access to unique and previously unknown texts that together offer a new image of the medieval University of Vienna.


« The Rise of an Academic Elite. Deans, Masters and Scribes at the University of Vienna before 1400 est assurément un ouvrage très neuf et important pour l’histoire des universités au Moyen Âge. (Nathalie Gorochov, dans Francia-Recensio, 4, 2023)


Monica Brinzei is currently directing the ERC project THESIS at the IRHT in Paris.


Henry of Rheinfelden, a Dominican from Basel, spent the last decade of the fourteenth century at the University of Vienna studying theology. During this time he took notes on the academic activities of the first rectors of the university and deans of the Faculties of Arts and Theology. This volume explores Rheinfelden’s contribution to our understanding of the doctrinal, curricular, administrative, and prosopographical history of the early University of Vienna. Deciphering Rheinfelden’s surviving notebooks in the Universitätsbibliothek Basel sheds new light on the rise of an academic elite in Vienna. His manuscripts reveal a network of scholars sharing a passion for knowledge and supply a gallery of intellectual profiles, starting with the mentors of the group, Henry of Langenstein and Henry Totting of Oyta, and continuing with the lesser-known figures Stephen of Enzersdorf, Gerhard Vischpekch of Osnabrück, Paul (Fabri) of Geldern, Andreas of Langenstein, Rutger Dole of Roermond, Nicholas of Hönhartzkirchen, Nicholas of Dinkelsbühl, John Berwart of Villingen, John Stadel of Russbach, Peter de Treysa, Michael Suchenschatz of Hausleiten, Peter Schad of Walse, Thomas of Cleves, and Leonhard of Dorffen. The papers gathered in this volume highlight the intricate relationship between a commitment to administrative duty and an appetite for the creation of a doctrinal tradition via debating, forging arguments, defending and attacking positions, commenting on authorities, and adopting and adapting academic practices imported from Paris, since the majority of the authors in our gallery were educated in Paris and built their careers in Vienna. Through Rheinfelden’s notebooks, this volume provides access to unique and previously unknown texts that together offer a new image of the medieval University of Vienna.


Introduction – Monica BRÎNZEI


Adinel C. DINCĂ – Henry of Rheinfelden (†1433) The Identity of a Scribe
Nadège CORBIÈRE – Henry of Rheinfelden’s Collection of Quaestiones on Peter of Lombard Sentences in Basel, Univesitätsbibliothek, A IX 92
Aurora PANZICA – Une tentative de réductionnisme au Moyen Âge: la philosophie naturelle d’Henri de Langenstein, de Paris à Vienne
Luciana CIOCA – The Parisian Background of Henry of Langenstein Through the Case of John of Calore’s Vesperies
Harald BERGER – Henry Totting of Oyta and his Quaestiones Sententiarum
Andrei MARINCA – Stretching the Great Chain of Being: Stephen of Enzersdorf on the Latitude of Creatures
Mihai MAGA – A Law Professor Discussing a Theological Question in Vienna: Gerhard Vischpekch of Osnabrück on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, Book 4, Dist. 18
Alexandra BANEU – Paul of Geldern – A Portrait of the Parisian artista as a Viennese Theologian
Chris SCHABEL – Andrew of Langenstein (ca 1362–1399†) and His Question on Human Freedom from a Disputatio Aularis
Monica BRÎNZEI – Discovering Rutger Dole of Roermond (†1409) via Henry of Rheinfelden’s Collection of Notes
Monica BRÎNZEI – Notes on Magister John of Russbach (†1417) With an Update of Paul Uiblein’s Survey and Some Discoveries
Matteo ESU – Pedagogical Practices at the University in Vienna: New Textual Evidence on Nicholas de Dinkelsbühl’s Theological Training
Edit Anna LUKÁCS and Daniel COMANThomas of Cleves on the Universal Force of Charity
Lavinia GRIJAC and Alexander BAUMGARTEN – Quelibet creatura est creativa. Traces of Peter Schad de Walse’s Theological Debates in Vienna at the End of the 14th Century 
Alexandra BANEU – Leonard of Dorffen’s Question about Lucifer’s Sin
Monica BRÎNZEI – Nicholas of Anaskilch or Nicholas of Hönhartzkirchen (†1400) on Angelic Cognition
Ioana CURUŢ – John Berwart of Villingen: Witness of Henry of Langenstein and the Viennese Opinio Communis on Predestination
Daniel COMAN – Grace Meets Free Will Ruling in a Regal Government: Magister Michael Suchenschatz on Grace and Free Will
Monica BRÎNZEI – Rectors and Deans as Scribes at the Medieval University from Vienna


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