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Minnehöfe or Liebeshöfe (French: Cours d'amour ) were medieval gatherings that playfully imitated court hearings and in which questions of right love were discussed. These literary court societies emerged in Provence in the 12th century and were used for court entertainment. The chairmanship was mostly held by noble women, literary basics were formed by Minne tracts, for example by Andreas Capellanus or Martial d'Auvergne .

The middle Latin Concilium Romarici Montis from the 12th century is a parody of the Minnehöfe . In modern times, Minnehöfe were often received artistically, including in Carl Orff's musical adaptation of Carmina Burana .


  • Ursula Peters : Cour d'amour - Minnehof. A contribution to the relationship between French and German love poetry and the forms of entertainment for their audiences. In: ZfdA. 101, 1972, pp. 117-133.