As a patron, Albert, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819 1861) successfully promoted the effectiveness of scientific institutions. For the first time, newly discovered sources in the state archives of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as well as the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle enable an authenticated account of Albert's university education and of the University of Bonn with its research and teaching from 1837 to 1838. In addition, for current research on elites, this volume reveals the significance of the university for the education of the higher aristocracy in the early 19th century."