GfrörEr aUgust fRiedrich
Gfrörer August Friedrich, a German historian was born March 5, 1803, at Calw. In 1826 he was for a time tutor in a private family at Geneva, made then a journey in Italy, and in 1828 was appointed lecturer (repetent) in the Evangelical "Stift" in Tübingen. In 1830 he became librarian in Stuttgardt, and devoted henceforth his whole time to historical studies. Having at first been a Liberal Protestant of the Tübingen school, he gradually changed his views, and became partial to Roman Catholicism. In 1846 he accepted a call as professor of history to the University of Freiburg. In 1848 he was elected a member of the German Parliament, in which he belonged to the "Grossdeutsche" (Great German) party. In November, 1853, he joined the Roman Catholic Church. He died July 10, 1861. The most important of his works are: Geschichte unserer Tage (under the assumed name of Ernst Fregmund, 1830-1835): — Philo u. die jud. alexandria Theosophie (Stuttg. 1831, 2 volumes): — Gustav Adolf u. seine Zeit (Stuttr. 1835-37, 2 volumes; 3d edit. 1852): — Gesch. des Urchristenthums (Stuttg. 1838, 3 volumes): — Allgem. Kirckengesch. (Stuttg. 1841-46, 4 volumes) — Geschichte der ost. u. westfrank. Karolinger vom Tode Ludwig des Frommen bis zum Ende Konrad I (Freiburg, 1848, 2 volumes): — Untersuchung uber Alter, Ursprung, Zweck der Decretalen des falschen Isidorus (Freiburg, 1848): — Ursprung des menschlichen Geschlechts (Schaffhausen, 1855, 2 volumes): — Papst Gregorius u. sein Zeitalter (Schaffhausen, 1859-61, 7 volumes): — Geschichte des 18ten Jahrhunderts (after his death edited by Weiss, Schaffhausen, 1862). — Allgem. Encycl. s.v.