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Lecture Series: Magdeburg Law

Magdeburg Law and the closely related Sachsenspiegel, the survey of Saxon law, are some of the main topics of medieval history in present-day Saxony-Anhalt. Moreover, the spread of the complex of Saxon and Magdeburg laws widely throughout Central and Eastern Europe makes the topic relevant and significant for all of Europe.

Magdeburg Law, the Sachsenspiegel and related developments in the fields of legal, economic, social and cultural history were the focus of a lecture series hosted by the Department of History of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg together with the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg and the Zentrum für Mittelalterausstellungen.

The lectures were held in the Emperor Otto Hall of the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Admission was free. 

Lecture series program


Panel exhibition “Saxony-Anhalt, Land of the Ottonians: From the Periphery to a Central Region in Europe”

The exhibitions of the tie-in location project “Imperial Sites in Saxony-Anhalt” outstandingly illustrates how intensely the history of the Ottonian dynasty is linked with individual locations in the state and how clearly they made the region between the Harz and Elbe a setting and foundation of their rule. This strong link between the history of the High Middle Ages and the region and, thus, its important role in the development of Germany and Europe is addressed in a traveling panel exhibition.

The exhibition was shown at the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg from January 25 to March 9, 2014.

The exhibition was presented at the State of Saxony-Anhalt’s Representation in Berlin on March 13, 2014.

Involvement in the 2012 Saxony-Anhalt State Exhibition:

“Otto the Great and the Roman Empire: Emperorship from Antiquity to the Middle Ages” 


“The Treatment of Medieval History and Cultural Heritage in Saxony-Anhalt: Review and Outlook”

A workshop of the Zentrum für Mittelalterausstellungen at the Kulturhistorisches Museum Magdeburg, April 18-19, 2013 

The workshop was geared toward everyone involved in exhibiting, researching and transmitting “medieval history in Saxony-Anhalt”. The lecture program brought together experts from academia, museums, the tourism industry and government. The aim was to facilitate a dialog beyond state borders about experiences with exhibition projects and models for successful work with regional and interregional history and a discussion of topics that can be used in Saxony-Anhalt to form identity inside the state and to attract tourists from outside the state. In addition to the brief presentations, it was primarily intended to provide a forum for discussion. 

Workshop program

Project Support

Support of the 2012 State Exhibition tie-in location project: 

“Imperial Sites in Saxony-Anhalt” 

with the tie-in locations of Gernrode, Halberstadt, Magdeburg, Memleben, Merseburg, Quedlinburg, Tilleda and Wallhausen.

Publications in collaboration with the Kulturhistorisches Museum

  • Scholarly companion volume to the 2012 State Exhibition "Kaisertum im ersten Jahrtausend", ed. by Hartmut Leppin, Bernd Schneidmüller and Stefan Weinfurter.
  • 2012 State Exhibition catalog: "Otto der Große und das Römische Reich. Kaisertum von der Antike zum Mittelalter", ed. by Matthias Puhle and Gabriele Köster


International conference “Sovereign Charters for Recipients in Lorraine, Northern Italy and Saxony (9th.–12th Century)”

The Landeshauptarchiv (state archives) in Magdeburg hosted the international conference “Sovereign Charters for Recipients in Lorraine, Northern Italy and Saxony (9th.–12th Century)” on October 6 to 8, 2011 together with the history departments of the universities in Bonn and Leipzig and the Historische Kommisssion für Sachsen-Anhalt e. V. and in conjunction with the Zentrum für Mittelalterausstellungen Magdeburg.

Conference program on the website of the Historische Kommission für Sachsen-Anhalt