Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Trojanerkrieg' Und Die Anonym üBerlieferte Fortsetzung

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Trojanerkrieg' Und Die Anonym üBerlieferte Fortsetzung

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Konrad von Würzburg, 'Trojanerkrieg* und die anonym überlieferte Fortsetzung, critical edition by Heinz Thoelen and Bianca Häberlein, Wissensliteratur im Mittelalter 51 (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2015). xxi + 774 pp. ISBN 978-3-95490-118-0. euro118.00. Konrad von Würzburg, perhaps the major German literary figure of the second half of the thirteenth century (with a dozen works to his name in addition to a significant body of lyric poetry), composed his unfinished epic poem about the Trojan War in the last decades of the century in Basle, where it was dedicated to a canon of the cathedral, Dietrich an dem Orte. It stops in the middle of the third siege of Troy (with Achilles' lament for his friend Patroclus) at verse 40,424. Verses 40,425-49,860, which are the work of a continuator, appear always to have formed part of the poem as it came to be read. The new edition by Heinz Thoelen and Bianca Häberlein, which is intended to replace that by Adelbert von Keller (1858, reprint 1965), augmented by a critical apparatus in 1877 (reprint 1965 and online), offers a nicely printed plain text in normalized Middle High German reconstructed principally on the basis of the fourteenth-century Strasbourg manuscript A (destroyed in 1870 but known from a surviving transcription used by Keller), two 'complete' manuscripts in Nuremberg (illustrated, online) and St Gall dated 1441 and 1471, and three illustrated manuscripts from the Lauber workshop in Hagenau (mid-fifteenth century); all with gaps and omissions of various kinds. …

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