Jonathan Lyon, University of Chicago

Associate Professor Chicago, Illinois jlyon@uchicago.edu Office: (773) 834-0584

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Jonathan Lyon's research and teaching focus on the political and social history of Germany, Austria, and the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, particularly the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. He has held fellowships from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: Lise Meitner Project #1534-G1...

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Bio/Research

Jonathan Lyon's research and teaching focus on the political and social history of Germany, Austria, and the Holy Roman Empire in the medieval period, particularly the eleventh through thirteenth centuries. He has held fellowships from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF: Lise Meitner Project #1534-G18), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the J. William Fulbright Program, and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation. His first book, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100–1250 (Cornell University Press, 2013), argues that sibling relationships played a pivotal role in shaping political dynamics both inside individual noble families and at the courts of the German kings and emperors. His current research projects include a study of the office of church advocate in medieval Germany and a general survey of the history of the medieval Holy Roman Empire. His volume of translated Latin sources, tentatively entitled Nobles, Bishops, Monks and Nuns in Medieval Germany, c. 1050–1250, is currently under contract with Manchester University Press. He teaches courses on topics relating to the Holy Roman Empire, the European nobility, kingship, and family and marriage.

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