Johann of Würzburg

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Johann von Würzburg was a Middle High German poet of the early 14th century.

His only known work is the verse novel Wilhelm of Austria , which he completed in May 1314. This belongs to the genre of Minne and Aventiurer novels and is indebted to models such as Flore and Blancheflur or Wilhelm von Orlens by Rudolf von Ems . An actual template for the novel has not yet been proven.

The William of Austria was a late medieval well-known and widely read novel. It has survived in two versions with nine full manuscripts and seven fragments from the 14th and 15th centuries and was edited in a short version in 1472/74. A prose adaptation was published by Anton Sorg in 1481 and had three editions by 1520. Hans Sachs used the material in the drama Tragedia (1556). On the fresco triads at Runkelstein Castle , Wilhelm and Aglye are shown as an exemplary couple of Minnows. Literary mentions and book directories are further evidence of reception from the 14th to 16th centuries.

Johann, about whose person nothing is known besides his origin from Würzburg, describes himself several times in his novel as schribaer . In his novel, he refers to relationships with the Counts of Hohenberg and Haigerloch , especially Count Albrecht von Haigerloch (d. 1298). The work itself is dedicated to the dukes Leopold and Friedrich of Austria.


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