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By Wolfgang Beutin, Klaus Ehlert, Wolfgang Emmerich, Helmut Hoffacker, Bernd Lutz, Volker Meid, Ralf Schnell, Peter Stein, Inge Stephan

ISBN-10: 0203993225

ISBN-13: 9780203993224

ISBN-10: 0415060346

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Because the visual appeal of the 1st version in 1979, A historical past of German Literature has validated itself as a vintage paintings and simple reference resource for these or in touch with German literature.

In this booklet, the topic of German literature is taken care of as a phenomenon firmly rooted within the social and political international from which it has risen. Literary works are assessed in keeping with their relation to the human situation. Social forces and their interrelation with the inventive avant-garde are an organizing topic of this heritage, which lines German literature from its first beginnings within the center a long time to the current day. This most modern variation has been up to date to hide the reunification of Germany, and its consequent events.

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Heinrich von Morungen was a liegeman of the Margrave of Meissen and is assumed to have died in 1222 at the Thomas monastery near Leipzig. He too presents Minne as a magical power by which he is gravely threatened: Mirst geschên als einem kindelîne, daz sîn schônez bilde in einem glase ersach Unde greif dar nâch sîn selbes schîne sô vil, biz daz ez den Spiegel gar zerbrach. Dô wart als sîn wünne ein leitlich ungemach. alsô dâhte ich iemer frô ze sîne, dô’ch gesach die lieben frouwen mîne, von der mir bî liebe leides vil geschach.

As both the courtly and human representative of the Minne convention, he has no place in the magical-religious order that both creates this love relationship and in turn is only created for it. He either acts as intruder and disturber of peace, or arrives too late, as in the death of the two lovers. The very inclusion of death in the Minne concept is a further affront to the courtly interpretation, which revolves around rejoicing and feasting. It is for this reason that Gottfried of Strasbourg appeals in his prologue to Tristan and Isolde not to the courtly reading public, from whom he can expect little understanding, but to a socially vague, anonymous community of ‘noble hearts’ for whom life and death, love and suffering are inseparable.

In the summer of 1198 he was already in the service of Phillip of Swabia, later becoming retainer to Otto IV and Friedrich II. In 1203 he returned to Vienna as a retainer of Wolfger von Ellenbrechtskirchen, Bishop of Passau, in time for the wedding feast of Leopold VI. By this time Walther’s definitive break with classical Minnesang was complete. The two following years saw a breakthrough to a new and unmistakable poetic style. While in the service of Friedrich II he was rewarded around 1220 with a fief near Würzburg that secured him an income.

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