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Hartmann von Aue (c. 1170-1215) is universally recognized as the first medieval German poet to create world-class literature. He crafted German into a language of refined literary expression that paved the way for writers such as Gottfried von Strassburg, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Wolfram von Eschenbach. This volume presents the English reader for the first time with Hartmann von Aue (c. 1170-1215) is universally recognized as the first medieval German poet to create world-class literature. He crafted German into a language of refined literary expression that paved the way for writers such as Gottfried von Strassburg, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Wolfram von Eschenbach. This volume presents the English reader for the first time with the complete works of Hartmann in readable, idiomatic English. Hartmann's literary efforts cover all the major genres and themes of medieval courtly literature. His Arthurian romances, Erec and Iwein, which he modeled after Chretien de Troyes, introduced the Arthurian world to German audiences and set the standard for later German writers. His lyric poetry treats many aspects of courtly love, including fine examples of the crusading song. His dialogue on love delineates the theory of courtly relationships between the sexes and the quandary the lover experiences. His verse novellas Gregorius and Poor Heinrich transcend the world of mere human dimensions and examine the place and duties of the human in the divine scheme of things. Longfellow would later use Poor Heinrich in his Golden Legend. Arthurian Romances, Tales, and Lyric Poetry is a major work destined to place Hartmann at the center of medieval courtly literature for English readers.


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Hartmann von Aue (c. 1170-1215) is universally recognized as the first medieval German poet to create world-class literature. He crafted German into a language of refined literary expression that paved the way for writers such as Gottfried von Strassburg, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Wolfram von Eschenbach. This volume presents the English reader for the first time with Hartmann von Aue (c. 1170-1215) is universally recognized as the first medieval German poet to create world-class literature. He crafted German into a language of refined literary expression that paved the way for writers such as Gottfried von Strassburg, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Wolfram von Eschenbach. This volume presents the English reader for the first time with the complete works of Hartmann in readable, idiomatic English. Hartmann's literary efforts cover all the major genres and themes of medieval courtly literature. His Arthurian romances, Erec and Iwein, which he modeled after Chretien de Troyes, introduced the Arthurian world to German audiences and set the standard for later German writers. His lyric poetry treats many aspects of courtly love, including fine examples of the crusading song. His dialogue on love delineates the theory of courtly relationships between the sexes and the quandary the lover experiences. His verse novellas Gregorius and Poor Heinrich transcend the world of mere human dimensions and examine the place and duties of the human in the divine scheme of things. Longfellow would later use Poor Heinrich in his Golden Legend. Arthurian Romances, Tales, and Lyric Poetry is a major work destined to place Hartmann at the center of medieval courtly literature for English readers.

42 review for Arthurian Romances, Tales, and Lyric Poetry: The Complete Works of Hartmann Von Aue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fraser Sherman

    This is obviously a YMMV kind of book, but I liked it. I hadn't heard of Hartmann before but his reworking of Chretien's Arthurian stories "Erec" and "Iwein" are excellent. Two non-Arthurian tales and a lot of poetry fill out the book. "The Lament" is rather a slog as the knightly narrator argues with his heart for making him fall for someone who's friendzoned him (some whines, it seems, are eternal). Overall though, if this book is your kind of thing, it's worth reading. This is obviously a YMMV kind of book, but I liked it. I hadn't heard of Hartmann before but his reworking of Chretien's Arthurian stories "Erec" and "Iwein" are excellent. Two non-Arthurian tales and a lot of poetry fill out the book. "The Lament" is rather a slog as the knightly narrator argues with his heart for making him fall for someone who's friendzoned him (some whines, it seems, are eternal). Overall though, if this book is your kind of thing, it's worth reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    A complete English translation of Hartmann von Aue's Middle High German works. Includes his two famous adaptions of Chrétien de Troyes' Arthurian romances Erec and Iwein. Also includes the romance Gregorius and Der arme Heinrich. These are followed by translation of Harmann's Minnesang. A very good translation of the first German Arthurian romances. A complete English translation of Hartmann von Aue's Middle High German works. Includes his two famous adaptions of Chrétien de Troyes' Arthurian romances Erec and Iwein. Also includes the romance Gregorius and Der arme Heinrich. These are followed by translation of Harmann's Minnesang. A very good translation of the first German Arthurian romances.

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