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Karl Maria Prosper Laurenz Brandi (20 May 1868 – 9 March 1946) was a German historian.[1]

Karl Brandi
Born (1868-05-20)20 May 1868
Meppen, Germany
Died 9 March 1946(1946-03-09) (aged 77)
Göttingen, Germany
Occupation Historian
Relatives Diez Brandi (son)
Albrecht Brandi (nephew)
Ernst Brandi (brother)
Military career
Allegiance  German Empire
Service/branch Landwehr
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Iron Cross

In 1890–91, he wrote his dissertation on the Reichenauer documents: Die Reichenauer Urkundenfälschungen, which served as Volume 1 of Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte der Abtei Reichenau. He followed his teacher to Berlin in 1891–95. The Munich Historical Commission directed him to complete the posthumous works on August von Druffel's contributions to imperial history and the Council of Trent, Monumenta Tridentina. In 1895 he completed his own habilitation in Göttingen. From 1902 until his retirement in 1936, and again, from the outbreak of World War II until shortly before his death, he held a professorship for German History at the University of Göttingen. His study of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, maintaining it was an amalgamation of Burgundian and Spanish traditions is considered a ground breaking, although problematic, shift in the study of the importance of Charles' reign.[1][2]



  • Mittelalterliche weltanschauung, humanismus und nationale bildung: Vortrag gehalten in der versammlung der Vereinigung der freunde des humanistischen gymnasiums in Berlin und der provinz Brandenburg am 23. Januar 1925. Weidmann, 1925 – Medieval weltanschauung, humanism and national education.
  • Geschichte der Geschichtswissenschaft, Universitäts-Verlag, 1947 – History of historical science.
  • The emperor Charles V; the growth and destiny of a man and of a world empire, English translation published in 1939.[3] This book is mentioned in Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, who, while hiding with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam, read and enjoyed the book.



  1. ^ a b Sabine Krüger 1955.
  2. ^ Aurelio Espinosa, The Empire of the Cities: Emperor Charles V, the Comunero Revolt, and the Transformation of the Spanish System. BRILL, 2009, pp 192–193.
  3. ^ The emperor Charles V HathiTrust Digital Library