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Heinrich Brunner

Heinrich Brunner German historian

German historian
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Quick Facts
Intro German historian
Countries Austria Germany
Occupations Historian Legal historian Educator
Type Academia Law Social science
Gender male
Birth 21 June 1840 (Wels)
Death 11 August 1915 (Bad Kissingen)
Education University of Göttingen, University of Vienna
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Heinrich Brunner (English: Henry Brunner; 21 June 1840 – 11 August 1915) was a German historian born at Wels in Upper Austria. After studying at the universities of Vienna, Göttingen and Berlin, he became professor at the University of Lemberg in 1866, and in quick succession held similar positions at Prague, Strasbourg and Berlin.
From 1872 Brunner devoted himself especially to studying the early laws and institutions of the Franks and kindred peoples of Western Europe, and on these subjects his researches have been of supreme value. He also became a leading authority on modern German law. He became a member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1884, and in 1886, after the death of Georg Waitz, undertook the supervision of the Leges section of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica.


  • Die Entstehung der Schwurgerichte (Berlin, 1872)
  • Zeugen und Inquisitionsbeweis der karolingischen Zeit (Vienna, 1866)
  • Das anglonormannische Erbfolgesystem. Ein Beitrag zur Parentelenordnung nebst einem Exkurs über die älteren normannischen Coutumes (Leipzig, 1869)
  • Zur Rechtsgeschichte der römischen und germanischen Urkunde (Berlin, 1880)
  • Deutsche Rechtsgeschichte (Leipzig, 1887-1892)
  • Mitlzio und Sperantes (Berlin, 1885)
  • Die Landschenkungen der Merowinger und Agilolfinger (Berlin, 1885)
  • Die Herkunft der Schoeffen (Berlin, 1888) [transl: The Origin of the Echevin]
  • Das Gerichtszeugnis und die fränkische Königsurkunde (Berlin, 1873)
  • Forschungen zur Geschichte des deutschen und franzsöschen Rechts (Stuttgart, 1894)
  • Grundzüge der deutschen Rechtsgeschichte (Leipzig, 1901)

He is also the author of the German versions of The Sources of English Law.

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