Friedrich Christoph Schlosser

Life and work

Schlosser was born in 1776 in Jever and studied from 1794 to 1797 in Göttingen theology. He wrote several theological writings. After graduating, he was first a private tutor and in 1808 vice-principal in Jever.

In autumn 1809 he left Jever, went to Frankfurt and wrote the first historical writings. 1810-1819 was a locksmith professor at the Municipal High School, from 1812 to 1814 at the same time the short-lived Lyceum Carolinum, a foundation of the Frankfurt Grand Duke Karl Theodor von Dalberg.

After the restoration of the Free City of Frankfurt, he was city librarian in 1814. In 1819 he was a professor of history at the University of Heidelberg, where he developed an extremely effective within the meaning of liberalism activity and several historical works wrote. Schlosser was not out to work through beautiful shape, stood in marked contrast to the rather critical, as well as the artistic history.

The scientific content of his works behind the moral effect far back, but the characteristic of its time liberalism has his opinion of his works to the understanding of the people brought closer than that of any other historian. ( Large Meyers encyclopedia, 1905) locksmith worked heavily on the political views of the middle class. He himself was never politically active.

Friedrich Christoph Schlosser died on 23 September 1861 in Heidelberg. Locksmith rests on the mountain cemetery ( Heidelberg). Schlosser's Neo-Gothic grave stele with architecture essay, a work of the sculptor Heinrich Greif, is located in the Department of H. His grave was originally far from the resting place of Graimberg on Refs C.



  • Abelard and Dulcin ( Gotha, 1807)
  • Life of Theodore de Beza and Peter Martyr Vermili (Heidelberg, 1809)
  • History of the iconoclastic emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire (Frankfurt, 1812)
  • World history in a coherent narrative ( Frankfurt 1815-24; 9 volumes)
  • History of the 18th Century (Heidelberg 1823, 2 volumes)
  • History of the 18th century and the 19th until the fall of the French Empire (2nd edition of the preceding work; Heidelberg 1836-48; 6 volumes )
  • Universal Historical overview of the history of the Old World and its culture (Frankfurt 1826-34; 9 parts)
  • To assess Napoleon and his latest detractors and apologists (Frankfurt 1832-35, 3 volumes)
  • Dante (Leipzig, 1855)
  • World history for the German people (Frankfurt 1844-57, 18 volumes and one index volume; later continued by O. Hunter and F. Wolff, Stuttgart 1901-04, 20 volumes)