Conrad of Würzburg

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Master Konrad von Würzburg (illustration from Codex Manesse , 14th century)

Konrad von Würzburg (* between 1220 and 1230 in Würzburg , † August 31, 1287 in Basel ) was a German lyric poet , epic poet and didactic poet of bourgeois origin.

In Latin he is called “vagus” (traveling singer), in German he is often simply called “Master Konrad”. It is controversial whether he stayed in the Kleve area for a while after leaving Franconia . He spent the last part of his life in Basel. He is buried in the Magdalenenkapelle of Basel Minster .

On behalf of his patrons, Konrad wrote not only smaller lyrical works, but also numerous larger, spiritual-legendary and historical-legendary works in the " floral style ". ( Heinrich von Meißen , known as Frauenlob, spoke of "violet [violet] flowered art" in his lament for the dead ). His poetry unites almost all literary genres and subjects of his time. The Mastersingers of the late Middle Ages regarded Konrad as one of the "Twelve Old Masters" of minstrelsong .


  • The golden forge (excellent example of the floral style)
  • The world's wages
  • New Year's Eve
  • Alexius
  • Partonopier and Meliur (based on the old French novel Partonopeus de Blois )
  • Engelhard (only survived in one print from 1573, four of which have survived)
  • Pantaleon
  • Lament of art
  • Konrad Axspitz
  • Heart marches
  • Trojan War (unique combination of the Argonauts with the Homeric legend of the Trojan War, unfinished)
  • Tournament of Nantes (formerly called the tournament of Nantheiz , was long considered the first example of extensive coat of arms seal , is now seen more as a political praise)
  • Heinrich von Kempten (formerly called Otte with the beard )
  • The swan knight
  • The half pear (controversial authorship of Konrad)


Text output

  • Konrad von Würzburg: Engelhard , ed. by Ingo Reiffenstein , 2nd edition, ed. by Paul Gereke and edited by Ingo Reiffenstein, Tübingen 1963 and 3rd edition there 1982 (= Altdeutsche Textbibliothek, 17)
  • Konrad von Würzburg: Pantaleon . Adjusted diplomatic print and translation . Edited, translated and provided with an afterword by Thomas Neukirchen. Erich Schmidt Verlag, Berlin 2008 ( texts from the late Middle Ages and early modern times , vol. 45). ISBN 978-3-503-09848-4 .
  • Adelbert von Keller (Ed.): The Trojan War by Konrad von Würzburg, published for the first time after the preparatory work by Karl Frommann and Franz Roth. (= Library of the Litterarian Society in Stuttgart. Volume 44), Stuttgart 1858 (after Strasbourg, Stadtbibl., Cod. A 90). on-line
  • Heinz Thoelen and Bianca Häberlein (eds.): Konrad von Würzburg 'Trojan War' and the anonymously handed down continuation (knowledge literature in the Middle Ages 51), Wiesbaden 2015. Overview of tradition in the manuscript census

Secondary literature

  • Rüdiger Brandt: Konrad von Würzburg. Minor epic works. Berlin 2000.
  • Horst Brunner: Konrad von Würzburg. In: The German literature of the Middle Ages. Author's Lexicon (VL) . Edited by Kurt Ruh and others, 2nd edition Berlin / New York 1985, Volume V, Sp. 272–304.
  • Horst Brunner: Genealogical fantasies. To Konrads von Würzburg ´Schwanenritter´ and ´Engelhard´. In: ZfdA 110 (1981), pp. 274-299.
  • Horst Brunner: The Nantes tournament. Konrad von Würzburg, Richard of Cornwall and the German Princes. In: De poeticis medii aevi quaestiones. Festschr. K. Hamburger. Göppingen 1981. pp. 105-127.
  • Horst Brunner: Konrad in Würzburg and on the Lower Rhine . In: Christian Schmid-Cadalbert (Ed.): The knightly Basel . On the 700th anniversary of the death of Konrad von Würzburg. Basel 1987. pp. 20-22.
  • Wolfgang Golther:  Konrad von Würzburg . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 44, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1898, pp. 356-363.
  • Hartmut Kokott: Konrad von Würzburg. An author between assignment and autonomy . Stuttgart 1998. ISBN 3-7776-0465-8 .
  • Albert Leitzmann : To the smaller poems by Konrad von Würzburg. In: PBB 62, 1938, pp. 361-383.
  • Alfred Ritscher: literature and politics in the area of ​​the first Habsburgs. Poetry, historiography and letters on the Upper Rhine. Frankfurt / M. 1992.
  • Susanne Siebert:  Konrad von Würzburg. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 4, Bautz, Herzberg 1992, ISBN 3-88309-038-7 , Sp. 348-349.
  • Johannes Spicker: Konrad von Würzburg - a Lower Rhine myth . In: Van der Masen tot op den Rijn: A manual on the history of medieval vernacular literature in the Rhine and Maas area. Pp. 118ff., ISBN 3-503-07958-0 .
  • Peter Strohschneider: Original leaps. Body, violence and writing in the Swan Knight Konrad von Würzburg . In: Conversations - Messenger - Letters. Body memory and writing memory in the Middle Ages, ed. by Horst Wenzel. Berlin 1997, pp. 127-153.
  • Heinz Thomas: Konrad von Würzburg and the Habsburgs. In: German Archive for Research into the Middle Ages 52 (1996). H. 2, pp. 509-545.
  • Wolfgang Walliczek:  Konrad von Würzburg. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 12, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1980, ISBN 3-428-00193-1 , pp. 554-557 ( digitized version ).
  • Volker Zapf: Konrad von Würzburg . In: German Literature Lexicon. The Middle Ages . Volume 5, De Gruyter, Berlin / Boston 2013, Sp. 587-607.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Horst Brunner: Konrad von Würzburg. In: The German literature of the Middle Ages. Author's Lexicon (VL) . Edited by Kurt Ruh and others, 2nd edition Berlin / New York 1985, Volume V, Sp. 272–304; here: S. Sp. 295-297.
  2. Reading from aspis, a worm heated . See author's lexicon . Volume I, Col. 574 f.