Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Nibelungenlied. Nach der St. Galler Handschrift

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Das Nibelungenlied. Nach der St. Galler Handschrift

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Das Nibelungenlied. Nach der St. Galler Handschrift, ed. Hermann Reichert (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2005). vii + 549 pp. ISBN 3-11-018423-0. euro29.95. Considering that there is still not a single edition of the Nibeluttgenlied that can fully meet the demands of modern scholarship, each new experiment is an event. This new edition by Hermann Reichert presents the B recension (and thus that branch of the tradition that forms the starting point for any serious study, for students and scholars alike), and is based on more logically consistent principles than any other edition of the B text to date. The editor has had the courage to omit the famous first strophe ('Ez ist in alien maeren ..."), on the grounds that it is absent in B and has probably been taken over in A from the C recension. But he does not go as far as to include Diu Klage. This edition has the ambition to have achieved greater accuracy than its predecessors, namely the diplomatic transcription of A, B, and C by M. S. Batts of 1971, the edition of the B text by K. Bartsch of 1870 which has been followed by a succession of reprints with unsystematic emendations - most recently in the Reclam edition by S. …

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