Franziska Kleybolte, M.A.

Franziska Kleybolte, M.A.

Johannisstr. 1, room 114
48143 Münster

T: +49 251 83-23598

  • Research Areas

    • Jewish-Christian coexistence and the dispute between Judaism and Christianity during the Middle Ages, as well as the artistic and architectural expression of those topics
  • Doctoral Thesis

    "Thrown to the Ground." The Chrisitan Appropriation, Destruction and Conversion of Synagogues in Iberia between the 14th and 16th Centuries

    Doctoral Subject
    Mittlere Geschichte
    Targeted Doctoral Degree
    Dr. phil.
    Awarded by
    Department 08 – History/Philosophy
    The overarching research interest that underlies my dissertation project is the conversion of sacred space of one religious community by another, for example in the case of conquest or persecution. In my doctoral thesis, I particularly concentrate on the conquest, conversion, and destruction of Jewish sacred space by Christians on the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. Numerous examples of this are known to this day, whereby in about fifty percent of the cases known today a sacral conversion of the Jewish space took place; synagogues were converted here into chapels, churches, cathedrals, monasteries and buildings belonging to places of worship, or the synagogue was demolished in favour of a new sacral building. The project is concerned with the interests at a political, economic, and religious level that motivated these conversions and asks to what extent the investigation of these interests can be understood as a reflection of the Jewish-Christian relationship on the aforementioned levels at the time. To this end, in my work I look at Christian-Jewish life and relations before, during and after the conversions at the respective places of action and examine the individual steps of the conversion as well as their reception. A significant increase in the number of synagogue conversions on the Iberian Peninsula can be observed at the end of the fourtheenth and beginning of the fifteenth century: In 1391-92 there were pogroms of Jews in the Kingdom of Castile-León and Aragon, which resulted in many synagogue conversions, and the same happened during and after the Disputation of Tortosa 1413-14 in about the same regions. These conversions shall serve as examples for my research; starting point are churches (that were former synagogues) in Sevilla and Toledo. A look at earlier and later synagogue conversions as well as at the conversion of mosques, for which there are just as many examples on the Iberian Peninsula, should also enable me to think about the general phenomenon of conquest, destruction and conversion of the sacred space of 'the Others', as can be found again and again across epochs, religions and regions.
  • CV


    Visiting doctoral student at the University of Stanford (funded by the Thyssen Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service)
    Doctoral Studies in Medieval History, University Münster
    MSt Medieval Studies, University of Oxford (funded by the German Academic Exchange Service)
    M.A. History, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
    Study abroad at Tel Aviv University
    Guest studies at the Scuola Normale Superior di Pisa
    B.A. History (Major) and History of Art, Musicology and Dramatics (Minor), Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich


    Research Assistant at the Eugen-Biser-Foundation, Munich
    Research Assistant of Dr. Lisa Dittrich, Department for Modern and Contemporary History, LMU Munich
    Student Assistant of Prof. Dr. Claudia Märtl, Department for Medieval History, LMU Munich
  • Project

  • Publications

    Research Article (Book Contributions)

    • Kleybolte, Franziska. . „»daz sie alle di Judenhauser [...] brechen můgen und sullen «. Nürnberg zur Zeit des Schwarzen Todes.“ In Zwischen Gottesstrafe und Verschwörungstheorien. Deutungskonkurrenzen bei Epidemien von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart , herausgegeben von Bubert, Marcel; Krischer, André, 128–160. 1st Ed. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag.

    Web Publications (Blog Articles)