Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life

byRobert Lerner

Hardcover | January 3, 2017

Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life by Robert Lerner
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This is the first complete biography of Ernst Kantorowicz (1895-1963), an influential and controversial German-American intellectual whose colorful and dramatic life intersected with many of the great events and thinkers of his time. A medieval historian whose ideas exerted an influence far beyond his field, he is most famous for two books-a notoriously nationalistic 1927 biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II andThe King''s Two Bodies(1957), a classic study of medieval politics.

Born into a wealthy Prussian-Jewish family, Kantorowicz fought on the Western Front in World War I, was wounded at Verdun, and earned an Iron Cross; later, he earned an Iron Crescent for service in Anatolia before an affair with a general''s mistress led to Kantorowicz being sent home. After the war, he fought against Poles in his native Posen, Spartacists in Berlin, and communists in Munich. An ardent German nationalist during the Weimar period, Kantorowicz became a member of the elitist Stefan George circle, which nurtured a cult of the "Secret Germany." Yet as a professor in Frankfurt after the Nazis came to power, Kantorowicz bravely spoke out against the regime before an overflowing crowd. Narrowly avoiding arrest after Kristallnacht, he fled to England and then the United States, where he joined the faculty at Berkeley, only to be fired in 1950 for refusing to sign an anticommunist "loyalty oath." From there, he "fell up the ladder" to Princeton''s Institute for Advanced Study, where he stayed until his death.

Drawing on many new sources, including numerous interviews and unpublished letters, Robert E. Lerner tells the story of a major intellectual whose life and times were as fascinating as his work.

Robert E. Lerneris professor emeritus of history at Northwestern University, where he taught medieval history for more than forty years. The author of many books, he is a fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and the American Academy in Rome, and a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Title:Ernst Kantorowicz: A LifeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:424 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 0 inShipping dimensions:424 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 0 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:069117282X

ISBN - 13:9780691172828

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Table of Contents

List of Figuresix



Introduction 1

1. Old Posen and Young Ernst 8

2. "With Rifle and Gun" 23

3. Fine Fever 41

4. Heidelberg 55

5. St. George 68

6. The Castle Hill 84

7. Frederick II 101

8. Center of Attention 117

9. Becoming a Professional 133

10. Frankfurt 145

11. Year of Drama 158

12. Oxford 172

13. "Leisure with Dignity" 184

14. Flight 201

15. "Displaced Foreign Scholar" 214

16. "Without Any Desire for Europe" 225

17. Laudes Regiae 240

18. Fight for Employment 252

19. "Hyperborean Fields" 268

20. "Scarcely Wants to Go to Germany" 284

21. "Land of Lotus-Eaters"

22. The Fundamental Issue 312

23. Advanced Study 329

24. The King''s Two Bodies 344

25. "Eka Is Sick of Eka" 358

26. Last Years 376

Afterword 386


Editorial Reviews

"Compelling. . . . A major success. . . . It is heartily recommended not only to medievalists interested in how Kantorowicz shaped our field, but also to those working in German and German American studies as well as scholars of the history of ideas, politics, Jewish life, universities, and more."---Lezlie Knox, H-Net Reviews