Book Series Studia Sententiarum , vol. 6

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

Monica Brinzei (ed)

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

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-60102-1
  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming (Jul/22)

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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.


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 BRINZEI

Adinel DINCA - Henry of Rinfeldia a scribe identity

Nadège CORBIERE - Henry of Rheinfelden’s collection of Questiones on Peter of Lombard’s Sentences in Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A X 92
Aurora PANZICA - Une tentative de réductionnisme au Moyen Âge: la philosophie naturelle d’Henri de Langenstein, de Paris à Vienne (avec une Annexe sur l’Expositio terminorum astronomie
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 Questiones Sententiarum
Andrei MARINCA - Stretching the Great Chain of Being: Stephanus de Enzersdorf on the Latitude of Creatures
Alexandra BANEU – Paul of Geldern – A Portrait of the Parisian artista as a Viennese Theologian
Mihai MAGA – A Law Professor Discussing a Theological Question in Vienna: Gerhard Vischpekch of Osnabrück on Peter Lombard’s Sentences, Book 4, Dist. 18
Chris SCHABEL - Andreas of Langenstein (ca 1362-1399) and his Question on Human Freedom from a Disputatio Aularis
Monica BRINZEI– Discovering Turger Dole of Roermond (+1409) via Henry of Rheinfelden’s Collection of Notes
Monica BRINZEI – Notes on Magister John of Russbach (+1417) with an update of Paul Uiblein’s Survey and Some Discoveries
Edit Anna LUKACS and Daniel COMAN - Thomas of Cleves on the Universal Force of Charity
Alexander BAUMGARTEN, Lavinia GRIJAC- Quelibet creatura est creativa. Traces of Petrus 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 BRINZEI -Nicholas of Anaskilch or Nicholas of Hönhartzkirchen (+1400) on Angelic Cognition
Ioana CURUT - John Berwart of Villingen witness of Henry of Langenstein and the Viennese opinio communis on Predestination
Matteo ESU – Pedagogical Practices at the University in Vienna: New Textual Evidence on Nicholas de Dinkelsbühl’s Theological Training
Daniel COMAN - Grace meets Free Will ruling in a Regal Government : Magister Michael Suchenschatz on grace and free will
Monica BRINZEI- Deans and masters as scribes

Index manuscriptorum
Index auctorum ante 1800
Index auctorum post 1800