Anna Margareta Pepper

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Anna Margareta Pfeffer (born May 5, 1679 in Hanover , † October 6, 1746 in Wolfenbüttel ) was a German poet . At the time of the personal union between Great Britain and Hanover, the "Imperial Crown" was one of the first qualified writers in the Electorate of Hanover to be awarded a diploma by the University of Göttingen .


Anna Margareta was born in Hanover in 1679, the former residence of the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg . She was the daughter of the theologian Christian Specht . In 1699 she married the superintendent and Brunswick respondent Johann Georg Pfeffer (1666–1734), to whom she later gave birth to the Wolfenbüttel lawyer and court attorney Georg Josua Pfeffer (1701–1786) and six other children.

After the death of her husband, the widow living in Seesen sent her "Gesammelte Werke", a handwritten volume of poetry, to Professor Christoph August Heumann, who teaches at the University of Göttingen . When Heumann became Vice-Rector of the University in 1739, he awarded Anna Margareta Pfeffer the title of “imperial-crowned poet” that same year on October 8th. After receiving her diploma , Pfeffer was actually "crowned" in Wolfenbüttel; Wolfenbüttel she was "one by one here elegant females verfertigter, with a rich silver band durchflochtener laurel wreath " placed in a house party by the lawyer Noltenius how the Hamburg reports of the latest scholarly matters reported on October 27, 1739th


Wilhelm Ebel , who joined the NSDAP in 1933 and later became professor of the University of Göttingen (and after the war leader of the university archives in Göttingen), assessed the volume of poems by the "Kaiserlichgekrönten Dichterin", which is still unpublished : In the main it was (according to Ebel) " touching-sweet pious songs [... in] parsonage lyric ”, such as

"Am I completely incapable / Is Jesus admirable [...]"

as well as odes to various members of the ruling Welfenhaus .

In the age of absolutism Anna Margarete Pfeffer exaggerated in her rhymes the feudal representatives of the noble ones by God's grace , for example Prince Bruno Ludwig von Braunschweig-Blankenburg :

"Ludwig, Ludwig, Ludewig, / Glorious , Heylich , Majestic , / Gantz Serene and Royal, / Loving and at the same time pathetic , / O how much are you / your taking rarities / near and far / one praises Bruno Ludewig."

An impartial review and evaluation of the literary quality of the entire volume of poems is still pending.

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  1. a b c d e f g Hugo Thielen: Pfeffer ... (see literature)
  2. a b c d Compare NN: Pfeffer ... (see under the section web links )
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l Wilhelm Ebel: Eleven studies ... (see literature)
  4. ^ Klaus Mlynek : Georg, Duke of Braunschweig-Lüneburg. In: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 209
  5. a b Compare the information under the GND number of the German National Library
  6. Note: According to the specified author, the script can be found in the Göttingen University Library under “Cod. mscr. philog. 199 "
  7. Note: According to Wilhelm Ebel in: Christoph August Heumann: Nova Sylloge Dissertationum. Pars II , Rostock 1754, p. 175ff.
  8. ^ A b Gunter E. Grimm: Literature and scholarship in Germany. Studies on the change in their relationship from humanism to the early Enlightenment (= studies on German literature , vol. 75), also dissertation in 1982 at the University of Tübingen, Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1983, ISBN 3-484-18075-7 , p. 65; online through google books