Ernst Kantorowicz: Institute Events and Some Unpublished Writings of a Towering Twentieth-Century Intellectual

Ernst Kantorowicz - Robert Lerner

Robert Lerner
Northwestern University
February 28, 2017
Public Lecture: Ernst Kantorowicz: Institute Events and Some Unpublished Writings of a Towering Twentieth-Century Intellectual
Drawing on his recently published, and quickly acclaimed, biography of Ernst Kantorowicz, Robert E. Lerner will recount the story of a major intellectual whose life and times were as fascinating as his work, and whose legacy is so closely bound to the Institute. The book 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 and bon vivant 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 and a classic study of medieval politics The King’s Two Bodies (1957), written when he was Professor of medieval history in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute from 1951-63.
FEATURING
Robert E. Lerner, Professor of History Emeritus; Peter B. Ritzma Professor in the Humanities Emeritus