Ulrich Bonerius (1537 words)

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Ulrich Bonerius (fl. c. 1324–1350) was a most influential author of Middle High German fables, achieving an enormous success with his collection called Der Edelstein [The Gemstone], as documented by thirty-six manuscripts and two incunabula (early modern prints) containing his works. Twenty-four of the manuscripts are even illuminated, which underscores the great respect that his texts enjoyed. He drew extensively on the classical tradition, that is, on the fable collections by the Anonymous Neveleti (tenth century) and Avianus (early fifth century), who in turn had translated the fables by the ancient Greek poet Aesop (6th c. B.C.E.) for their own purposes. Bonerius was not at all the first or the last poet to …

Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Ulrich Bonerius". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14687, accessed 03 August 2021.]

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