Professor Nigel F. Palmer

Emeritus Fellow

Nigel Palmer was Professor of German from 1992 until his retirement in 2012. He was then elected as an Emeritus Fellow of the College.

Nigel Palmer’s research interests are in Medieval German language and literature. He is engaged in a collaborative research project, together with a group of colleagues in Germany, Switzerland and the United States, on the ‘Literary topography of SW Germany in the later Middle Ages’, which is an attempt to establish a literary history of the region on the basis of the manuscript sources and library history. Publications appear in the series ‘Kulturtopographie des alemannischen Raums’, ed. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Stephen Mossman, Nigel F. Palmer and Hans-Jochen Schiewer, with De Gruyter in Berlin. The project concentrates on Baden-Württemberg, Switzerland and the Alsace. His main recent publication in this area, the result of fifteen years collaborative work, is the edition and facsimile edition of The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin, whereas his current research is concentrated on the Latin writings of the fifteenth-century Basel Carthusian Heinrich Arnoldi.

Other areas of special interest are blockbooks and their place in early printing history, the interface between Latin literature and German literature in the Middle Ages, the literature of the Cistercian order in Germany, and palaeography and codicology of the period 1100-1550. He is an editor of the Medieval Studies journal Medium Aevum. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, a Corresponding Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, and received the research prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2007.

Editor, with T.J. Reed and Henrike Lähnemann, Oxford German Studies (Oxford: EHRA (1989-2004); Leeds: W.S. Maney & Son Ltd; MHRA, 1989-)

Editor, with Corinne Saunders and Sylvia Huot, Medium AEvum (Oxford: Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, 1991-)

‘Das Buch als Bedeutungsträger bei Mechthild von Magdeburg’, in: Bildhafte Rede in Mittelalter und früher Neuzeit, ed. K. Speckenbach / W. Harms (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1992), 217-235

German Literary Culture in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries. An Inaugural Lecture delivered before the University of Oxford on 4 March 1993 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993)

Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher. Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998)

Editor, with Christoph Gerhardt, Das Münchner Gedicht von den 15 Zeichen vor dem Jüngsten Gericht. Edition und Kommentar, Texte des späten Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2002)

With Hans-Jochen Schiewer, ‘Literarische Topographie des deutschsprachigen Südwestens im 14. Jahrhundert’, Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie, 122, Sonderheft (2003), 178-202

Bibelübersetzung und Heilsgeschichte. Studien zur Freiburger Perikopenhandschrift von 1462 und zu den deutschsprachigen Lektionaren des 15. Jahrhunderts, Wolfgang Stammler Gastprofessur 9 (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2007)

With Jeffrey H. Hamburger, The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin. Vol. 1: Art-Historical and Literary Introduction. With a Conservation Report by Ulrike Bürger. Vol. 2: Reproductions and Critical Edition (Dietikon-Zurich: Urs Graf Verlag, 2015)

‘The Coming of the ‘Antichrist’: The Fifteenth-Century Blockbooks and the Transition from Manuscript to Print’, in: Unter Druck. Mitteleuropäische Buchmalerei im 15. Jahrhundert, Buchmalerei des 15. Jahrhunderts in Mitteleuropa 15 (Petersberg: Michael  Imhof Verlag, 2018), 142-179

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