Despite the multifaceted presence of the Kaiserchronik in German culture for almost half a millennium, the text is only available to modern users in nineteenth-century transcriptions and editions of recension A. The Cambridge Kaiserchronik project therefore aims to:
- Provide scholars with full access to the Kaiserchronik through a synoptic edition of all three recensions (based on the base manuscripts A: Vorau Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 276; B: Vienna, ÖNB Cod. 2779; C: Vienna, ÖNB Cod. 2685), with a critical apparatus of the full transmission, introduction, commentary and an English translation of A and additions in C; the preparation of this multi-volume edition is at an advanced stage, and will appear with de Gruyter in 2020.
- Pursue a series of research questions in relation to the context of its composition c. 1150, its persistence on the literary scene even after the rise of courtly genres c. 1200, and its institutionalization and role in the explosion of chronicle-writing in the late Middle Ages.
- Digitize the complete manuscript base, complete with transcriptions, on open access (Kaiserchronik digital).
Work on this overall project has been advanced in collaboration with two major partners: the University of Marburg and the University Library Heidelberg.
It has been sponsored by a major five-year grant from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012-2017), and supplemented by generous awards from the Schools of Arts and Humanities and Humanities and Social Sciences, the Schröder Fund, and the Isaac Newton Trust in the University of Cambridge.