Thomasin von Zerclaere occupies a unique place in the study of medieval German literature. He belongs in the period usually designated the “classical Middle High German period” which produced an abundance of fine literature both lyric and narrative, but, although he was clearly acquainted with that literature and the society which produced it, his own work is very different and quite specific in nature. As far as we know, Der welisch gast (The Italian Visitor), as he himself calls it (v. 14681), was his only work, at least in German, though on several occasions he claims to have written on similar subject matter in his native Italian: no such work has been discovered, however. Given what we come to know of the …
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Gibbs, Marion E.. "Thomasin von Zirclaere". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 September 2004
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