Subproject B07 — 'Vindicta' (vengeance resp. punishment) as a Security Issue
second funding stage
'Vindicta' means vengeance as well as revenging punishment and thus points to an ambivalence fact: On the one hand, vengeance was partially integrated in the legal system of the late medieval German Reich. On the other hand, however, it presented – as any type of arbitrary violence – a threat to peace. Notably theological texts are the basis on that the project analyses heuristics and repertoires which were applied to distinguish between legitimate and illegitimate violence or to securitize arbitrary violence in general and vengeance in particular.
Grabmal des Pfarrers Johannes Lupi (gest. 30.09.1468?), Darstellung der Zehn Gebote (Zehngebote-Stein), Relief, Skulptur, Mittelrhein, 1468, Sandstein (© Historisches Museum Frankfurt, Foto: Horst Ziegenfusz, Inventarnr.: X17129)