Dr. Britta-Juliane Kruse

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

Dr. Kruse is a medievalist and cultural historian with a special interest in German literature and language, art history and classical archeology. She currently holds appointments as Privatdozentin at Free University Berlin and as a researcher at the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. Kruse is also a senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskollegium and guest lecturer at the University of Greifswald. Current research areas include the reconstruction and development of monastery libraries and the investigation of the functional history of the university library Helmstedt. Publications include B.-J. Kruse: Stiftsbibliotheken und Kirchenschätze. Materielle Kultur in den Augustiner-Chorfrauenstiften Steterburg und Heiningen. Wolfenbütteler Mittelalter-Studien 28, Wiesbaden 2016. Catalogue of an Exhibition: ‚Rosenkränze und Seelengärten: Bildung und Frömmigkeit in niedersächsischen Frauenklöstern‘, Herzog August Bibliothek 2013. Habilitation: Witwen – Kulturgeschichte eines Standes in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit. Berlin − New York 2007. Die Arznei ist Goldes wert. Mittelalterliche Frauenrezepte. Berlin − New York 1999. Verborgene Heilkünste – Geschichte der Frauenmedizin im Spätmittelalter. Berlin − New York 1996.

Item of interest
Kruse takes a special interest in the medical prescriptions in medieval manuscripts. Above all, the books of the 16th and 17th centuries determine their value and appeal, especially since they can be classified into cultural-historical contexts of their foundation and use.

Contact: kruse@hab.de