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

The Orphan Stone: The Minnesinger Dream of Reich
Richard J. Berleth.
Greenwood Press, 1990
FREE! A History of German Literature
Calvin Thomas.
William Heinemann, 1909
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VI "The Minnesingers"
FREE! Studies in German Literature
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
Edward MacDowell; W. J. Baltzell.
Elkin, 1912
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "The Troubadours, Minnesingers and Mastersingers"
Literary Patronage in the Middle Ages
Karl Julius Holzknecht.
The Collegiate Press, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. III "Troubadours, Trouveres, and Minnesingers"
Medieval German Literature
Marion E. Gibbs; Sidney M. Johnson.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The Minnesang" begins on p. 224
Medusa's Mirror: Studies in German Literature
August Closs.
Cresset Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Minnesang and Its Spiritual Background"
Ars Nova and the Renaissance, 1300-1540
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
Theodore M. Finney.
Harcourt Brace, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Minnesingers begins on p. 82
Early Medieval Music, up to 1300
Dom Anselm Hughes.
Geoffrey Cumberlege; Oxford University Press, 1954
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Minnesingers begins on p. 252
The Age of Faith: A History of Medieval Civilization -Christian, Islamic, and Judaic - from Constantine to Dante: A.D. 325-1300
Will Durant.
Simon and Schuster, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "The Minnesingers" on p. 1039
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