Lecture by Hartmut Flothmann at the Gutenberg-Museum Mainz

"From the rise of Count Adolf von Nassau to Gutenberg's patron and his invention of printing"

With the Gutenberg Year 2018 we celebrate the inventor of the art of printing, who is revered as the man of the millennium, but who is said to have experienced only one official patron during his lifetime. Can it stay with this assumption? Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Flothmann, member of the board of the International Gutenberg Society, reports in his lecture "From the rise of Count Adolf von Nassau to Gutenberg's patron and his invention of printing" about the historical intertwining of the two protagonists in the late Middle Ages: Johannes Gutenberg, who triggered the media revolution of book printing, and the Archbishop of Mainz and Elector Adolf II von Nassau-Idstein, as Gutenberg's regent and employer in Mainz. As a result of extensive research, it becomes clear that the ecclesiastical Elector, Gutenberg's contemporary and local comrade in Mainz and Eltville, made a significant contribution to supporting Gutenberg's invention in many ways and helping it to spread.

Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: Gutenberg Museum Mainz