Robert E. Lerner's Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life PDF

By Robert E. Lerner

This is the 1st whole biography of Ernst Kantorowicz (1895–1963), an influential and debatable German-American highbrow whose colourful and dramatic existence intersected with a few of the nice occasions and thinkers of his time. A medieval historian whose principles exerted a power a long way past his box, he's most famed for 2 books—a notoriously nationalistic 1927 biography of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and The King's Bodies (1957), a vintage learn of medieval politics.

Born right into a prosperous Prussian-Jewish family members, Kantorowicz fought at the Western entrance in global conflict I, used to be wounded at Verdun, and earned an Iron move; later, he earned an Iron Crescent for carrier in Anatolia sooner than an affair with a general’s mistress resulted in Kantorowicz being despatched domestic. After the battle, he fought opposed to Poles in his local Posen, Spartacists in Berlin, and communists in Munich. An ardent German nationalist throughout the Weimar interval, Kantorowicz grew to become a member of the elitist Stefan George circle, which nurtured a cult of the "Secret Germany." but as a professor in Frankfurt after the Nazis got here to energy, Kantorowicz bravely spoke out opposed to the regime prior to an overflowing crowd. Narrowly heading off arrest after Kristallnacht, he fled to England after which the U.S., the place he joined the college at Berkeley, in basic terms to be fired in 1950 for refusing to signal an anticommunist “loyalty oath.” From there, he “fell up the ladder” to Princeton’s Institute for complex learn, the place he stayed until eventually his death.

Drawing on many new resources, together with quite a few interviews and unpublished letters, Robert E. Lerner tells the tale of an important highbrow whose existence and instances have been as attention-grabbing as his work.

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