Matthias Riedl

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for the History of Political Thought

Since my student years I have been fascinated by the interrelation between religion and politics. Most of my published work has been on religious and political thought in Latin Christianity, ranging from antiquity to reformation period. However, I also wrote articles and essays on most recent developments in theology and political philosophy. My current research is on the emergence of revolutionary apocalypticsm in the Later Middle Ages and Early Modernity. I’m working on a monograph on the German radical reformer Thomas Müntzer.  The main objective is to explore how apocalyptic and mystical thinking may serve as inspiration and justification for violent action. More details about my research and publications are available at


The Thinker by Rodin