I was born in the small
After graduating from the
In 1967 I obtained permanent
tenure at the Faculty of Theology,
P.-M. Gy encouraged me in 1970 to take over a comprehensive material concerning the Medieval Latin Office of the Dead in order for me to try to computerize it. The project required computer programmes capable of handling not only pre-formulated tasks but also problems occurring when work was in progress. Thanks to the director of the Computer Centre at the University of Aarhus (RECAU), Bjarner Svejgaard, the technical side of the project fulfilled all the requirements involved and, in fact, even today represents some of the most advanced techniques applied to such a corpus of data. The results of the treatment of more than 2,000 series of responsories from offices of the dead can be seen in my book The Responsories and Versicles of the Latin Office of the Dead from 1993, for which I was awarded the D.D. degree (dr.theol.).
From 1 August 1999 to 31
January 2000 I received a scholarship from the Danish Research Council for the
Humanities to study the possibilities, by means of modern technology, to take
up the exploration of our fragments of parchment from the Middle
Ages. Until 1999 nobody had been able to establish the origin of any of our
more than 10,000 surviving fragments from medieval books. These books were cut
up and re-used as bindings around fief-accounts in the 16th and 17th
centuries, now at The Danish National Archives in
From February 2001 to January
2002 I held a senior scholarship at The Danish Institute for Advanced Studies
in the Humanities, which enabled me to carry on with my work on our Danish
medieval fragments in
The edition of the liturgical texts has been somewhat postponed because, during my work, I came across a number of fragments at The Danish National Archives that were not even registered. In agreement with the Director of the Danish National Archives, dr. phil. Johan Peter Noack, I began to register these fragments in collaboration with Michael H. Gelting. In all I have registered 666 fragments and, in addition, 236 fragments at the Landesarchiv Schleswig-Holstein. Inventories of these collections can be seen under New Inventories in the left margin of this homepage. The two final portions will be published in 2006. Press down the Ctrl button and click on the respective code to see pictures of the fragments in question.
I retired from office July
In June 2006 I published a church history in Danish and Nordic perspective covering the early- and medieval period. The title of the book is: Oldtidens og middelalderens kirkehistorie i dansk og nordisk perspektiv, Books on Demand GmbH, København 2006, 360 pages, 299 DKr (ISBN 87-7691-078-4).