Gottfried Von Strassburg

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Little is known today of the life of Gottfried von Strassburg. He is identified in the Manesse manuscript as “meister,” which indicates his high level of education which he probably received in Strassburg. We only know for sure that he wrote the monumental

Tristan

romance [see entry], and also believe that he composed some courtly love poems. In the prologue to

Tristan

, he integrated the acrostic of his patron, Dieterich, perhaps a wealthy and educated Strassburg citizen. Diverse poets such as Rudolf von Ems (ca. 1240), Konrad von Würzburg (ca. 1270), Konrad von Stoffeln (late 13th century), Heinrich von Freiberg (ca. 1300), and Johann von Würzburg greatly praised Gottfried’s poetic art.

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Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Gottfried Von Strassburg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5392, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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