Heidelberger Liederhandschrift

Book Lust is a regular and favourite feature on Nonsuch Book and I’ve lost count of the number of additions to my TBR as a result of that. Frances is such a generous soul that I’m sure she won’t mind me borrowing her feature for just one very special post.  My 500th!

In it I shall introduce you to the book I would love to own though it will never happen in a million book lusts.  Why?  Because it’s a German national treasure.

I once considered studying for a Ph D in Medieval German Studies.  I had my topic sorted but when the crossroads moment came I abandoned the ivory tower.  One of the key texts from that era is the Manesse Codex or the Heidelberger Liederhandschrift, so called because it now resides in Heidelberg.  The young Lizzy adored this book so much that she once travelled specially to Heidelberg  to visit it.  This  manuscript created during the years 1300-1340 contains an anthology of  medieval German love songs with illustrations of all the minstrels. My words cannot do it justice.  You have to see it for yourself and so you can!   Clicking on the image will take into the book which you can browse to your heart’s content.  You don’t have to read medieval German to enjoy it, particularly if you have a penchant for knights in shining armour!

I chose to highlight the picture of Herr Wolfram von Eschenbach because his epic Parzival was a favourite of mine back then.  Which reminds me, Oxford University Press have recently published new translations of that and my absolute favourite, The Niebelungenlied.  Both are in my TBR.   I think it’s time to revisit them.  I’m 500 posts old after all.  I deserve a treat!