Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture
Wilhelm Levison, born in Düsseldorf in 1876 of a Jewish family, was one of the greatest historians of the early middle ages. Lecturer at Bonn in 1903 and professor in 1909, the Nuremberg laws of 1935 forced him as a Jew to resign his chair, and in November 1938 he was debarred from the use of libraries. In early 1939, Durham University, which had in 1931 awarded him an honorary doctorate, offered him a fellowship. In April 1939 he and his wife Elsa moved to Durham where he continued his research until his death in 1947 and prepared for publication his most important work, England and the Continent in the Eighth Century. He and his wife are buried in the Bow Cemetery.
This lecture series was inaugurated in 2008 in order to celebrate the scholarly vision and achievements of Professor Levison. Each year a speaker is invited to build upon the foundations of cross-Channel cooperation and understanding in medieval history which Professor Levison did so much to establish.
5th Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture: Anselm in the Anchorhold: the influence of Anselm of Canterbury on the English Anchoritic Tradition
Anselm of Bec and Canterbury who contributed significantly to the history of theology and philosophy may also be considered an important figure of the history of medieval spirituality. As prior and abbot of Bec Anselm seems to have been a highly sought-after spiritual advisor of inclusae and inclusi. The lecture traces his interaction with certain inhabitants of the anchorhold as well as Anselm’s theological reflection of this extraordinary form of religious life.
The Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2008 in order to celebrate the scholarly vision and achievements of Professor Levison, who fled Nazi Germany with his wife in 1939 to their adopted home of Durham, where he lived until his death in 1947. Each year a speaker is invited to build upon the foundations of cross-Channel cooperation and understanding in medieval history which Professor Levison did so much to establish.
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