Middle High German Spruchdichtung - Early Meistersang

Middle High German Spruchdichtung - Early Meistersang Facsimile Edition

Germany — 1250-1380

A "best-of" of Middle High German poetry: works of the so-called Twelve Old Masters from the 13th and 14th centuries united in a magnificent 16th century binding

  1. The codex represents one of the most important surviving collections of Spruchdichtung and Meistersang

  2. In 1558, the codex was created with a binding depicting Prince Elector Palatine Ottheinrich (1502–59)

  3. It includes works by Reinmar von Zweter, Walther von der Vogelweides, der Marner, Frauenlob, and others

Middle High German Spruchdichtung - Early Meistersang

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Middle High German Spruchdichtung - Early Meistersang

The Heidelberg Liederhandschrift (Cod. Pal. germ. 350) consists of three separate collections of Middle High German Spruchdichtung and early Meistersang spanning the 13th and 14th centuries, which can largely be attributed to the so-called “Twelve Old Masters”. While the first part contains almost all the works of Reinmar von Zweter supplemented with some political poetry by Walther von der Vogelweide, the second part is mostly religious and moralistic in nature and the third part includes contributions from Regenbogen, der Marner, and Frauenlob. These three works were combined into a single codex in 1558, the calfskin binding of which has been furnished with tooled brass fittings and clasps as well as gold embossing: a portrait of the Prince Elector Palatine Ottheinrich with the year 1558 on the front cover and his coat of arms on the back. Altogether, the manuscript represents a cross-section of Middle High German poetry from some of its most distinguished practitioners.


Alternative Titles
Heidelberger Liederhandschrift cpg 350
Size / Format
138 pages / 15.5 x 24.5 cm
136 colored initials
1st collection with the work of Reinmar von Zweter, supplemented by political poetry of Walther von der Vogelweide and others.
2nd collection contains religious and moral sayings of various poets of the 13th century.
3rd collection with works on apologet
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Facsimile Editions

#1 Mittelhochdeutsche Spruchdichtung – Früher Meistersang

Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 1974

Publisher: Reichert Verlag – Wiesbaden, 1974
Binding: Canvas
Commentary: 1 volume introduction and commentary by Walter Blank
1 volume description of the manuscript and transcription by Günter and Gisela Kochendörfer
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