Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Marquard Vom Stein: 'Der Ritter Vom Turn', Kommentar

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Marquard Vom Stein: 'Der Ritter Vom Turn', Kommentar

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Marquard vom Stein: `Der Ritter vom Turn'. Kommentar, aus dem Nachlass von Ruth Harvey, ed. Peter Ganz, Nigel Palmer, Lothar Schmitt and Christopher Wells, Texte des spaten Mittelalters und der fruhen Neuzeit 37 (Berlin: Erich Schmidt, 1996). zo7 pp. ISBN 3-5o3-o372I-7. DM 68. Der Ritter vom Turn is a translation of Le Livre du Chevalier de la Tour Landry pour renseignement de ses filler. The book aimed, through exempla and anecdotes derived from history and personal experience, to teach young women rules of piety, obedience and polite manners. The author also thought that women should learn to read (Livre, ed. A. de Montaiglon (Paris, 1854) (= M), p. I78). Both entertaining and instructive, it was indeed widely read. The publication of Marquard's translation in thirteen printed editions between 1493 and I682 signals its particular success in Germany.

Ruth Harvey prepared with meticulous care the first critical edition of Der Ritter vom Turn (Berlin, i988) (= RvT), based on the first edition, of 1493. She had planned a second part to cover the relation of the German to its French source, an extended biography of Marquard, a textual commentary and a study of the illustrations, especially the woodcuts in the incunable of I493. Only the textual commentary was completed, and it is now published with minimal corrections but supplemented by a full bibliography.

The commentary elucidates the text with exemplary thoroughness. In the absence of a critical edition of the Livre, Harvey had collated the twenty-one surviving manuscripts. None is the exemplar used by Marquard, but she had acquired maximum information to indicate deviations and explain errors in the translation and to throw light on the lost original. …

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