minnesinger (mĬn´ĬsĬng´ər), a medieval German knight, poet, and singer of Minne, or courtly love. Originally imitators of Provençal troubadours, minnesingers developed their own style in the 13th and 14th cent. Some of their poems are among the best of Middle High German lyric verse. Important exponents of Minnesang included Heinrich von Morungen, Walther von der Vogelweide, and Oswald von Wolkenstein, as well as Gottfried von Strassburg, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and other authors of epics. Wagner's opera Tannhäuser is based on minnesinger art and tradition.

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Minnesingers: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! A History of German Literature By Calvin Thomas William Heinemann, 1909
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "The Minnesingers"
FREE! Studies in German Literature By Bayard Taylor G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1879
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "The Minnesingers"
FREE! Critical and Historical Essays: Lectures Delivered at Columbia University By Edward MacDowell; W. J. Baltzell Elkin, 1912
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "The Troubadours, Minnesingers and Mastersingers"
Literary Patronage in the Middle Ages By Karl Julius Holzknecht The Collegiate Press, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Troubadours, Trouveres, and Minnesingers"
Medieval German Literature By Marion E. Gibbs; Sidney M. Johnson Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The Minnesang" begins on p. 224
Medusa's Mirror: Studies in German Literature By August Closs Cresset Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Minnesang and Its Spiritual Background"
Ars Nova and the Renaissance, 1300-1540 By Dom Anselm Hughes; Gerald Abraham Oxford University Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "The Minnesang of the Later Middle Ages" begins on p. 359
A History of Music By Theodore M. Finney Harcourt Brace, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Minnesingers begins on p. 82
Early Medieval Music, up to 1300 By Dom Anselm Hughes Geoffrey Cumberlege; Oxford University Press, 1954
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Minnesingers begins on p. 252
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