Thüring von Ringoltingen (2570 words)

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Thüring von Ringoltingen is famous for his early modern German prose novel, Melusine, which he completed in 1456. As he tells us both in the prologue and the epilogue, he had found this story to be so wondrous and amazing that he could not resist translating it from French to German. Margrave Rudolf von Hochberg, Count of Neuchâtel, had provided him with the source and tasked him to render the text into German. Rudolf himself, however, was completely fluent in French, serving at some point as councilmen for Duke Philip the Good (1396-1467), and so he must have commissioned this translation for representational purposes only. Thüring completed his efforts on 28 January 1456, drawing from the French version, …

Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Thüring von Ringoltingen". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14686, accessed 16 January 2021.]

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