Courtly Life - works from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Courtly is the term used to describe the way of life that is cultivated at a princely court. In a narrower sense, the term refers to the social culture of chivalry from the high Middle Ages (10th-13th century), which had a corresponding canon of values. Courtly life in Germany, including the epic poetry and the Minnesang of the time, owes much to the French model. Some selected sources from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek's collection are presented in bavarikon. These include works of courtly literature such as epics by Wolfram von Eschenbach (c. 1160/80-around 1220) ("Parzival": Cgm 18 and Cgm 61), Heinrich von Veldecke (before 1150-1190/1200) ("Eneasroman"), Hartmann von Aue (presumably died between 1210 and 1220) ("Erec", "Iwein", "Der arme Heinrich"), the "Nibelungenlied" (Cgm 34 and 31), or the Minnelyrik by Walther von der Vogelweide as well as the tournament book by Ludwig von Eyb (Cgm 961).

Fencing books, aristocratic genealogies and splendidly illustrated armorials can also be attributed to this courtly culture.

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