Hans Sachs

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Hans Sachs (1494–1576) was a Reformation-era German writer best known as a Meistersinger (or master singer, a type of German poet of the Meistersinger guild) and for his carnival plays (Fastnachtspiele), but the sixteenth-century cobbler-poet — Sachs was by training and profession a shoemaker — also wrote works in other genres, including additional forms of poetry and drama, as well as farces and prose dialogues. The only surviving child of a well-to-do tailor’s family in Nürnberg, Sachs attended one of the imperial city’s four Latin (grammar) schools before his apprenticeship. The affluence of his family was not typical among craftspeople, nor was it exotic, but his schooling did f…

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Citation:
Miles-Morillo, Lynne. "Hans Sachs". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2014
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