In many respects, sixteenth-century literature, if not closely associated with the Protestant Reformation or the Catholic Counter Reformation, continues to be fairly little researched. However, since the publication of Johannes Pauli’s

Schimpf und Ernst

(1522) and Georg/Jörg Wickram’s


(1555), a new development set in with ever newer authors offering collections of satirical and didactic tales reflecting on ordinary people and their shortcomings or foolishness. One of the authors was Martin Montanus, whose biography is not well known and whose


(1557) and

Das ander Teil der Gartengesellschaft, Schwanksammlung

(1560), among other works, have hardly ever attracted scholarly attention. Nevertheless, he contributed in a significant way to the genre of

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Martin Montanus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2024 [, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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