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The late medieval ruler Frederick III (1440–1493) on the journey.
The creation of the itinerary using a Historical Geographic Information System (Historical GIS)

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hochfart macht unainigung, unainigung macht krieg,
krieg macht armut, armut macht diemutikait,
diemutikait macht fried.

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Frederick III (1415–1493)
  

Wir lesen im Raum die Zeit.
Friedrich Ratzel (1844–1904)
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book article

  • Friedrich III. (1440–1493) auf Reisen. Die Erstellung des Itinerars eines spätmittelalterlichen Herrschers unter Anwendung eines Historical Geographic Information System (Historical GIS), in: Perzeption und Rezeption. Wahrnehmung und Deutung im Mittelalter und in der Moderne, hrsg. Joachim Laczny, Jürgen Sarnowsky (Nova Mediaevalia Quellen und Studien zum europäischen Mittelalter, 12), Göttingen 2014, p. 33–65. (with 7 graphs and 5 maps) (Google Books Preview, Find a copy, PDF eBook)
Abstract: With the help of technology the German King and Emperor Frederick III who reigned from 1440 until 1493, has come more into the focus of historical research. In previous decades he was not as highly respected as a medieval ruler but new research methods have brought him into a better light. The collection of sources - the Regesta Imperii - concerning the emperor’s government is not only printed, but is available as a database with over 18,400 registers of decrees online.
Using these datasets - including the parameters of time and space for each historical document - a Historical GIS (Geographical Information System, HGIS, Digital Humanities) was designed. An interactive map gives direct access to the collection of sources in time and space. Were there any stationary or mobile phases during Fredrick’s III reign? Which time periods did these phases cover?
The analysis using a Historical GIS showed that Frederick III was a very mobile monarch in the typical medieval style, but at the same time he was already developing centres of power like Wiener Neustadt.
Because of this Frederick III can he classified as a ruler at a turning point in history.
The master-thesis (Magister Artium) was supervised by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Sarnowsky, History Department, Middle Ages, at the University of Hamburg in 2007/2008.

conference presentations

  • Friedrich III. (1440–1493) auf Reisen. Die Erstellung des Itinerars eines spätmittelalterlichen Herrschers unter Anwendung eines historisch-geographischen Informationssystems (his-GIS). Internationale EDV-Tagung: Workshop "Digitalisierung von Opferdaten der NS-Zeit" trifft "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Geschichte und EDV" (AGE), Weiden/Opf., 28./29. Oktober 2010.
  • The late medieval ruler Frederick III (1440–1493) on the journey – the creation of the itinerary using a Historical GIS (his-GIS). European Social Science History Conference, Gent, Belgien, 13.–16. April 2010.
  • The late medieval ruler Frederick III (1440–1493) on the journey – the creation of the itinerary using a Historical GIS (his-GIS). Im Panel „Journeys, travel and geography“. Social Science History Association-Tagung: “Agency and Action“, Long Beach, Kalifornien, USA, 12.–15. November 2009.

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animations


interactiv-dynamic map

Google Earth Iconview via GOOGLE Earth (1,5 MB) (KML)

Screenshot 1


datasets

  • dataset I:
    Regesta Imperii - XIII. Abteilung: Friedrich III.
    ,  6.11.2007, 18,000 datasets
    (By kind permission of Prof. Dr. Paul-Joachim Heinig and support during the export process by Dr. Andreas Kuczera)
  • dataset II:
    Heinig, Paul Joachim: Kaiser Friedrich III. (1440–1493): Hof, Regierung und Politik (Forschungen zur Kaiser- und Papstgeschichte des Mittelalters, 17), Vol. 3, Köln, Weimar, Wien 1997, p. 1347–1389, 405 datasets