Willehalm by Wolfram von Eschenbach

Willehalm

byWolfram von EschenbachTranslated byMarion E Gibbs, Sidney Johnson

Paperback | December 4, 1984

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Wolfram von Eschenbach (fl. c. 1195-1225), best known as the author of Parzival, based Willehalm, his epic poem of military prowess and courtly love, on the style and subject matter of an Old French chanson de geste.

In it he tells of the love of Willehalm for Giburc, a Saracen woman converted to Christianity, and its consequences. Seeking revenge for the insult to their faith, her relatives initiate a religious war but are finally routed. Wolfram's description of the two battles of Alischanz, with their massive slaughter and loss of heroes, and of the exploits of Willehalm and the quasicomic Rennewart, well displays the violence and courtliness of the medieval knightly ideal. Wolfram flavors his brutal account, however, with tender scenes between the lovers, asides to his audience, sympathetic cameos of his characters—especially the women—and, most unusually for his time, a surprising tolerance for 'pagans'.

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"I am Wolfram von Eschenbach and I know a little about singing"; thus does perhaps the most unique personality in medieval German literature introduce himself to readers. The second part of the statement is one of the greatest understatements in the realm of literature. He is the author of two unfinished works, Willehalm and Titurel (b...
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Title:WillehalmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.7 × 5.04 × 0.69 inPublished:December 4, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140443991

ISBN - 13:9780140443998

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Table of Contents

Willehalm - Wolfram von Eschenbach Introduction
Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Book VII
Book VIII
Book IX
A Second Introduction
Notes
Index of Names in "Willehalm"
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index