Prof. Frank Lorenz Müller awarded Fellowship at Munich’s Historisches Kolleg

OMullern his Three Final Heirs to the Throne Frank Lorenz Müller writes: “As part of my AHRC-funded project on royal heirs in 19th-century Europe I will be spending much of my upcoming research leave in Munich, Stuttgart and Dresden – the capitals of the three former German kingdoms of Bavaria, Württemberg and Saxony. Using archival depositories and specialist libraries in these cities, I am going to explore how Ludwig III, Wilhelm II and Friedrich August III, the three men who would wind up being the last kings of these three states, acted and were perceived as heirs to the throne. How did these men use the time before they succeeded to shape and define their future royal office and how, by extension, did they impact on the stability and viability of their own dynasties and of the monarchical system more widely.

I have been very fortunate in that the first leg of my research trip will be generously supported by the Historisches Kollegin Munich, whose Governing Body has awarded me an Honorary Fellowship. The Historisches Kolleg is an Institute of Advanced Study specialising in historical scholarship. My fellowship at the Kolleg will allow me to live a stone’s throw away from the Bavarian State Archives and the fantastic Bavarian State Library and enjoy the great facilities provided for resident researchers at the Kolleg’s beautiful Kaulbachvilla.

historisches kollegDuring my time in Munich I will be concentrating on the many years the future King Ludwig III (1845-1921, king from 1912/13-1918) spent waiting for his accession to the Bavarian throne. As is customary for Honorary Fellows at the Kolleg I will also be giving a lecture.

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