Conrad Ferdinand Meyer: Die Richterin [The Judge]

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  • John Osborne (University of Warwick)

Conrad Ferdinand Meyer’s historical novella, Die Richterin [The Judge], was first published in 1885 in two parts in Germany’s leading literary journal, the Deutsche Rundschau; it appeared in book form later in the same year. Set shortly after the coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor in the year 800, Die Richterin is the most historically remote of Meyer’s stories. The geographical setting for the central action is the Hinterrhein, in the province of Rhaetia, the events unfolding around a fictitious place, the ominously named Malmort. Reference to specific and recognisable details of history and topography, which generally contribute to the realist character of Meyer’s narratives, is minimal,…

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Osborne, John. "Die Richterin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 July 2013
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]