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Wipo (* before 1000; † after 1046) was a Middle Latin poet and historiographer .

Only what is known from his writings is known about Wipo's life. He was court chaplain of the emperors Heinrich II. , Konrad II. And Heinrich III. , whose coronation as emperor at Christmas 1046 he still witnessed.

With his Gesta Chuonradi II. Imperatoris , Wipo proved to be the most important historian in the early Salier period . The biography with interwoven verses, rhymes and rhythmic prose parts portrays the ideal ruler as the image of Christ. This representation should be based on Heinrich III. act in an educational way. The "Proverbia" , a collection of moral sayings, and the "Tetralogus" , a poem in praise of Henry III, served the same purpose .

The Easter sequence Victimae paschali laudes also shows Wipo as an important sequence poet . Its dialogic middle section was included in Easter games . Other poems by Wipo have been lost.

The name form Wipo of Burgundy found in some hymn books and hymnological reference works is not contemporary.

Text output

  • Harry Bresslau (Ed.): Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum separatim editi 61: The works of Wipo (Wiponis Opera). Hanover 1915 ( Monumenta Germaniae Historica , digitized version )
  • Wipo: Gesta Chuonradi II Imperatoris. In: Sources of the 9th and 11th centuries on the history of the Hamburg Church and the Empire (= selected sources on the German history of the Middle Ages. Volume 11). Edited by Werner Trillmich and Rudolf Buchner . Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, Darmstadt 1961, pp. 507–613.



  • Franz Brunhölzl : The interim period from the end of the Carolingian era to the middle of the eleventh century ( = history of Latin literature in the Middle Ages. Volume 2). Fink, Munich 1992, ISBN 3-7705-2614-7 , pp. 489-497.
  • Volkhard Huth : Wipo, reread. Critical notes on the ›court culture‹ in the late Ttonian-Early Salian period. In: Andreas Bihrer, Mathias Kälble and Heinz Krieg (eds.): Nobility and royalty in medieval Swabia. Festschrift for Thomas Zotz on his 65th birthday (= publications of the Commission for historical regional studies in Baden-Württemberg. Series B: Research. Volume 175). Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 3-17-020863-2 , pp. 155–168 ( online )
  • Karl Rudolf Schnith: Law and Peace. To the king's idea in the circle of Heinrich III. In: Historical yearbook . Volume 81, 1962, pp. 22-57.
  • Johannes Spörl : Pie rex caesarque future! Contributions to the high mediaeval idea of ​​the emperor. In: Klaus Lazarowicz, Wolfgang Kron (Hrsg.): Differentiation and preservation. Festschrift for Hermann Kunisch on his 60th birthday, October 27, 1961. de Gruyter, Berlin 1961, pp. 331–353.


Web links


  1. Praise to God . Catholic prayer and hymn book. Edition for the Diocese of Limburg. Lahn-Verlag, Kevelaer 2013, ISBN 978-3-7840-0200-2 , No. 320, p. 398 f .; Evangelical hymn book . Edition for the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Bavaria and Thuringia. Evangelical Press Association for Bavaria, Munich 1994, ISBN 3-583-12100-7 , No. 101, p. 206 f.
  2. Meinrad Walter: Wipo (Wigbert) of Burgundy. In: Wolfgang Herbst (Ed.): Who is who in the hymnal? Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, ISBN 3-525-50323-7 , p. 350 f. ( limited preview in Google Book search).