Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Hartmann Von Aue: Iwein or the Knight with the Lion: Edited from Manuscript B, Gießen, Universitätsbibliothek Codex Nr. 97

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Hartmann Von Aue: Iwein or the Knight with the Lion: Edited from Manuscript B, Gießen, Universitätsbibliothek Codex Nr. 97

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Hartmann von Aue: Iwein or The Knight with the Lion: Edited from Manuscript B, Gießen, Universitätsbibliothek Codex Nr. 97, ed. and trans. Cyril Edwards, German Romance vol. III; Arthurian Archives XVI (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007). xxvi + 423 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-084-8. £60.00. This is an excellent translation by an experienced scholar with a good ear for the rhythms of language who not only gives us an accurate and very readable rendering of a major medieval German text, but edits it from an important manuscript to boot. Manuscript B, at the Gießen University Library, preserves a form of the poem in very regular language from early in the thirteenth century, and this edition serves as a much better guide to 'Middle High German' than most, thanks to Edwards's policy of 'minimal normalisation' (p. xix). The introduction is clear and restrained, an admirably crisp setting of Hartmann's poem in context, asserting his literary importance and even providing tantalizing glimpses of the author's original treatment of this at times puzzling work. …

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