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Administering Sanctity


  • Project duration : 2017 - 2020
  • Head of sub-project : Julia Schön
  • Research associate : Julia Schön

Administering Sanctity

The efforts of Klosterneuburg Monastery and the Habsburgs regarding the canonisation of the Babenberger Leopold III

Julia Anna Schön’s dissertation project deals with the canonisation process of Margrave Leopold III in the 15th century. The canonisation process itself and the effects of the canonisation on the monastery of Klosterneuburg (burial site of Leopold III) and on the Habsburg dynasty (major promoter of the process) are examined in more detail. The research focuses on questions concerning the persons, groups and institutions involved in the process, their networks of relationships and their specific motivations and interests in the canonisation of Leopold. The temporal focus lies between the reintroduction of the canonisation process in 1465 and the translation in 1506.

The dissertation project is also part of the interdisciplinary DOC-team “Performanz von Heiligkeit am Beispiel Markgraf Leopolds III. von Österreich”, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In addition to Julia Anna Schön, the German philologist Edith Kapeller (Vienna), the historian Sabine Miesgang (Graz) and the art historian Michael Richter-Grall (Graz) began their joint work in November 2017 as part of this DOC-team. The central concern of the young scientists is to examine the prerequisites, the accompanying interactions and the after-effects of the canonisation of Margrave Leopold III in 1485.

The dissertation is jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Christine Janotta and Dr. Elisabeth Gruber at the University of Salzburg. It is institutionally linked to the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture in Krems as a subproject of the research perspective Object links.