University bedel’s dagger, 1806

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At universities, bedels were administrative assistants to the chancellor and also fulfilled a kind of policing function within the university. They carried a dagger as an emblem of their authority. This senior bedel’s dagger is adorned with the University of Freiburg’s coat of arms and also that of the state of Baden. The latter shows the initials of Grand Duke Carl Friedrich (ruled between 1806 - 1811), who was also permanent chancellor of the Baden universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg. His son Ludwig (Grand Duke from 1818 to 1830) guaranteed the upkeep of the University of Freiburg in 1820. Until that point in time, the university bore the name of its founder, Albrecht of Austria (Latin Albertus), and so it was renamed »Albert Ludwig University« as a mark of gratitude.

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