Arthurian Romances, Tales and Lyric Poetry: The Complete Works of Hartmann Von Aue
Hartmann von Aue (c. 1170-1215) is universally recognized as thefirst medieval German poet to create world-class literature. Hecrafted German into a language of refined literary expression thatpaved the way for writers such as Gottfried von Strassburg, Walthervon der Vogelweide, and Wolfram von Eschenbach. This volumepresents the English reader for the first time with the completeworks of Hartmann in readable, idiomatic English. Hartmann'sliterary efforts cover all the major genres and themes of medievalcourtly literature. His Arthurian romances, Erec and Iwein, whichhe modeled after Chretien de Troyes, introduced the Arthurian worldto German audiences and set the standard for later German writers.His lyric poetry treats many aspects of courtly love, includingfine examples of the crusading song. His dialogue on lovedelineates the theory of courtly relationships between the sexesand the quandary the lover experiences. His verse novellasGregorius and Poor Heinrich transcend the world of mere humandimensions and examine the place and duties of the human in thedivine scheme of things. Longfellow would later use Poor Heinrichin his Golden Legend. Arthurian Romances, Tales, and Lyric Poetryis a major work destined to place Hartmann at the center ofmedieval courtly literature for English readers.