Jack Bernhardt

Jack Bernhardt


University of California, Los Angeles, 1986.


Wake Forest University, 1971.


Business Tower (BT) 558






Areas of Interest

  • Late Antiquity and Early Medieval Europe.
  • Medieval Europe, German Empire.
  • History of the Medieval Church and Christian Monasticism.
  • Ancient and Medieval Britain.
  • Medieval and Early Modern Political Ideas.



Itinerant Kingship and Royal Monasteries in Early Medieval Germany: c. 936–1075, Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought, 4th Series, 21 (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Selected Articles

"Servitium Regis and Monastic Property in Early Medieval Germany" Viator 18 (1987) 53–87.

"Der Herrscher im Spiegel der Urkunden: Otto III. und Heinrich II. im Vergleich". in Otto III.–Heinrich II.: Eine Wende? (Thorbecke 1997) 327–48.

"Fodrum, Gistum, Servitium Regis", "Itinerant Kingship", "Kunigunde", "Renovatio Regni Francorum", in Medieval Germany: an Encyclopedia (Garland, 2000).

"King Henry II of Germany: Royal Self-Representation and Historical Memory," in Medieval Concepts of the Past: Ritual, Memory, Historiography, ed. Gert Althoff et al. (Cambridge 2002) 39–69.

"Henry II, Roman Emperor, St.", "Kunigunde, German Queen and Empress, St.", in New Catholic Encyclopedia (Gale Group, 2003)


Professor Bernhardt teaches the History of Late Antiquity and the European Middle Ages. He has training in Roman History, Medieval Latin, Latin Paleography, Medieval Diplomatics, the Transmission of Classical Texts, and the Constitutional and Legal History of the Middle Ages. He specializes in Early and High Medieval Europe, especially the German Empire, and the history of the Medieval Church. In addition, he has begun to examine more closely topics in Anglo-Saxon England and Medieval Britain. He has written extensively on German Medieval Kingship and its relations with monasteries and the Church. Currently his research focuses on topics relating to King/Emperor Henry II of Germany and his era (1002–1024) in preparation of a second monograph. In addition, he recently has researched numerous aspects of the twelfth cen- tury, such as canon law, and theory and practice of imperial government, and ars dictaminis, as well as the historiography of specific twentieth-century medieval historians.