Most students and researchers engaged with late medieval literature will easily recognize the great masterpieces by Boccaccio (


, ca. 1350) and Geoffrey Chaucer (

Canterbury Tales

, ca. 1400). The equally important collection of verse narratives (


) by the Middle High German poet Heinrich Kaufringer (fl. ca. 1400), by contrast, is little known, and has hardly attracted any attention beyond German-language research. Fortunately, we have available by now both a critical edition of his works (Paul Sappler) and an English translation (Albrecht Classen), which together allow us to examine closely the quality, meaning, and relevance of his texts. They are part of a larger pan-European tradition of short literary accounts in which the poet discusses many different ideals, values,…

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Heinrich Kaufringer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 September 2021 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

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