Mark has edited a variety of texts for me over the past ten years—from blog posts for a general audience to scholarly articles and edited volumes. He is a great editor with a great sense not only for language, but also for different audiences and their needs. Mark does not hesitate to provide critical feedback and my texts have greatly benefited from this. His questions and his attention to precise wording, formatting detail, and consistency always added clarity to my prose and helped me sharpen my arguments.
‘Wie man junge Fürsten und Herren aufferzihen solle’
While pursuing my MA in Augsburg, Germany, I had the opportunity to participate in a political science seminar in which we examined a variety of texts known as “mirrors for princes,” texts that taught one how to rule or how to raise a future ruler.
The occasion for the topic was the university’s acquisition of a wonderful old library, the Oettingen-Wallersteinsche Bibliothek. Each seminar participant was able to work with an original in this library. After the seminar, we wrote biographical texts to contextualize our mirrors for princes, and we selected excerpts from these sources to go with our analysis. The result was Fürstenspiegel der Frühen Neuzeit, edited by Hans-Otto Mühleisen, Theo Stammen, and Michael Philipp (Frankfurt a.M.: Insel Verlag, 1997).
My specific contribution to that collection was “Christof Vischer: Wie man junge Fürsten und Herren aufferzihen solle, 1573,” pp. 219–27 (biography) and pp. 228–51 (excerpts).
Nowadays it is possible to view a high-quality scan of Vischer’s book online at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which is where I obtained the screenshots featured on this page.