Frauenlob (actually, Heinrich von Meissen)

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Frauenlob (actually, Heinrich von Meissen)

Frauenlob (actually, Heinrich von Meissen), famous German Minnesinger; b. in or near Meissen, c. 1255; d. Mainz, Nov. 29, 1318. He became renowned as a poet and singer via his travels throughout northern and eastern Germany. Frauenlob (his name most likely refers to his songs in honor of the Virgin) was one of the most significant masters of late courtly Spruch poetry. The Meistersingers revered him as one of their alte Meisters. For his works, see L. Ettmüller, ed., Heinrichs von Meissen des Frauenlobes Leiche, Sprüche, Streitgedichte und Lieder (Quedlinburg, 1843) and H. Rietsch, ed., Gesänge von Frauenlob, Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich, XLI, Jg. XX/2 (1913).

Bibliography

W. Kirsch, F.s Kreuzleich (Dillingen, 1930); H. Kretschmann, Der Stil F.s (Jena, 1933); H. Thomas, Untersuchungen zur Uberlieferung der Spruchdichtung F.s (Leipzig, 1939); R. Krayer, F. und die Natur-Allegorese (Heidelberg, I960).

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