Sample of German Poems

Sample of German Poems – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Codex FB 32001 – Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Innsbruck, Austria)

Around 1456

Konrad von Würzburg, the "Stricker", and others: a collection of 32 stories catered to the palate of 15th century readers

  1. This rare manuscript contains 32 tales from the German-speaking world

  2. These stories reflect the tastes of the emerging middle class in the late-15th century

  3. Authors include Konrad von Wurzburg, the Stricker, Ruediger von Hinkhofen, and Konrad von Stoffeln

Sample of German Poems

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  2. Facsimile Editions (1)
Sample of German Poems

A Märe is a Middle High German verse narrative from the 13th-15th centuries, which aims to entertain its reader in a farcical or instructive manner. The Innsbruck Codex is a rare manuscript anthology containing 32 fairy tales that reflect the taste of the aspiring middle class in the late 15th century. Konrad von Würzburg, Konrad von Stoffeln, Rüdiger von Hinkhofen, and the "Stricker" are included among the 13th century authors. The Innsbruck Codex contains, for example, the Stricker's Märe von den drei Wünschen. In it, an impoverished couple carelessly handles three wishes granted by God, yet still cannot get out of their poverty and in retrospect feel it is all the worse because they now experience the hardship as self-inflicted. In addition to the fairy tales, there are other genres of rather entertaining, secular literature that correspond entirely to late medieval preferences.

Sample of German Poems

The Innsbrucker Codex is an important collective manuscript of a medieval short epic. It is exceptional for the story analysis, a significant source because it is the youngest collection of poems of this kind to have been made. Besides the 32 tales (u. a. Konrad von Werzburg, the Stricker, Ruediger von Hinkhofen) the manuscript also contains fables and parodies from spiritual literature. Altogether, this manuscript represents a worldly collection of entertaining stories mirroring the taste of the middle-class during the Middle-Ages.

A Vital Research Source

In terms of literary analysis, the manuscript is not only interesting due to the numerous illustrations found within (which correspond to the style of a “people's manuscript” (H.Wegner) with clear details given so that these poems would be easily understood in these times), but also because few illustrated stories have been preserved from this time period. In the second part of the manuscript, where the collection was to be added onto blank sheets, one finds the second important duplication of “Gauriel von Muntabel” by Konrad von Stoffeln, whose ending is unfortunately missing. This transcript is worthy of note regarding the history of literature because here Konrad tries to shorten his epic in comparison to the older version in the Donaueschinger Manuscript.


Alternative Titles
Innsbrucker Codex
Sammlung kleinerer deutscher Gedichte
Size / Format
228 pages / 29.5 × 21.0 cm
Around 1456
51 coloured pen-and-ink drawings

Available facsimile editions:
Sample of German Poems – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Codex FB 32001 – Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (Innsbruck, Austria)
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1972
Facsimile Editions

#1 Sammlung kleinerer deutscher Gedichte

Binding: Half leather
Commentary: 1 volume (60 pages) by Norbert R. Wolf
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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