Past Faculty

Ernst H. Kantorowicz

School of Historical Studies
Historical Studies

“More than fifty years after his death Kantorowicz remains one of the most influential of all medieval historians, perhaps the most influential.” — Robert E. Lerner, “Introduction,” Ernst Kantorowicz: A Life (Princeton University Press, 2017)

From the New York Times:  

“[I]t was only after he moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton that in 1957, at the age of 62, Kantorowicz finally published the book that made his reputation: “The King’s Two Bodies.” With its dizzyingly erudite analysis of the evolving distinction between the king’s physical, biological being and the “supra-individual personage of the Dignity,” Kantorowicz opened new channels of thought for reflection on the construction and implementation of state power. Marshaling a highly original medley of sources, from arcane legal documents to sarcophagi, mosaics, coins, ivory book covers and architectural flourishes, Kantorowicz proposed that the king’s natural body in the early Middle Ages was doubled with a spiritually invested superbody.”

George Prochnik, "He Remade Kings: A Scholar’s New Views," New York Times (January 5, 2017)

Dates at IAS

Faculty: Historical Studies

Heidelberg University Ph.D., 1921
LHD, Lawrence College 1959
Haskins Medal, Medieval Academy of Amererica 1959
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Numismatic Society
Deutsches Archaeologische Institut
Medieval Academy of America