Late-Medieval German Women's Poetry: Secular and Religious Songs

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Although there were a number of outstanding women writers of the late middle ages, it was not thought that women composed lyric poetry. Classen proves this to be a misconception, presenting here a selection of secular love songs and religious hymns composed by fifteenth- and sixteenth-century German women poets, translated for the first time. Many seem to have left their works anonymously, or hid their names using acrostics; in these and other cases, Classen has identified a considerable corpus of writing which ...
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Overview

Although there were a number of outstanding women writers of the late middle ages, it was not thought that women composed lyric poetry. Classen proves this to be a misconception, presenting here a selection of secular love songs and religious hymns composed by fifteenth- and sixteenth-century German women poets, translated for the first time. Many seem to have left their works anonymously, or hid their names using acrostics; in these and other cases, Classen has identified a considerable corpus of writing which now fills the gap previously supposed to exist in the history of medieval and early-modern German women's poetry. Dr Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of German Studies, University of Arizona
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  • ISBN-13: 9781843842965
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Series: Library of Medieval Women
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Women's secular songs 25
I Selection from the Ambraser Liederbuch, 1582 25
II Selection from the Heidelberger Liederhandschrift 31
III Selection from the Liederbuch der Ottilia Fenchlerin, 1592 32
IV Selection from Clara Hatzlerin's songbook 45
V Selections taken from the Zuricher Liederbuch and the Berner Liederbuch 48
VI Selection from humanist songbooks 56
Johannes Heer of Glarus 56
Ludwig Iselin 60
VII Selection from the Bergliederbuchlein 61
VIII Selection from miscellany manuscripts 65
IX Georg Forster's songbooks 69
X Selection from Wolfgang Strizer's songbook, 1588 72
XI Selection from Jacob Regnarts's and Leonard Lechner's songbook, 1579 74
Women's religious songs 75
I Elisabeth Creutzigerin or Crucigerin 77
II Mary Queen of Hungary 79
III Agnes, Duchess of Saxony 82
IV Annelein of Freiburg 83
V Elisabeth, Duchess of Brunswick-Calenberg 85
VI Magdalena Bekin 92
VII Magdalena Heymairin 95
VIII Margaretha, Duchess of Anhalt 101
IX Marie Cleopha, Countess of Sultz 104
X Klara, Duchess of Pomerania 108
XI Conclusion 110
Interpretive essay : the rediscovery of women's voices through the investigation of hitherto ignored sources 113
Did late-medieval women actually compose love poetry? 113
The history of late-medieval and early-modern popular poetry 116
The female voice in late-medieval and early-modern popular poetry 122
Religious poetry 132
Outlook 139
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