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Wolfram von Eschenbach: Willehalm
Price: € 196,00   Standing order price: € 170,00
Date: 2005     ISBN: 978-3-201-01844-9

Austrian National Library Vienna, Codex Vindobonensis 2670
Date of origin of codex: around 1320 West Germany

Volume 14.1:
Graz 2005, 292 page reproduction. 112 page commentary by F.P. Knapp,
14 x 19.5cm
ISBN 978-3-201-01844-9

Volume 14.2
Graz 2005, 292 page reproduction. 60 page commentary by F.P. Knapp,
14 x 19.5cm
ISBN 978-3-201-01852-4

If one measured the fame of medieval knight epics by the number of handed-down codices over the times, then Wolframs “Willehalm” would be almost as loved as his “Parzival”. However concerning to the artistic layout and presentation of German epic fiction, Willehalm far surmounts all other works. Only a few copies exist from these times because either the time and effort involved in the making was too high or there was a shortage of money which prevented them from being finished. From the few preserved illuminated Willehalm versions, the codex Vindobonensis 2670 is the only one with a completely preserved series of pictures in all three parts of this collected manuscript.

Willehalm fiction of Ulrich from the Tuerlin, (2) Wolframs Willehalm and (3) the Rennewart aus der Feder Ulrichs von Tuerheim. Between the first two sections, one finds 2 small works of Stricker. In altogether 117 miniatures, the strong opaque colors are laid over a background of gold. The theme found within the pictures concerns itself with religious moments or ceremonies of the court and therefore the miniatures provide one with not only the enjoyment of decorative design and composition but also with a rich source of information regarding the culture, manners and conventions of the Middle Ages.

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