, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 87–104

Disrupted Festivities in Medieval Courtly Literature: Poetic Reflections on the Social and Ethical Decline in Mauritius von Craûn, The Stricker’s Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, and Heinrich Wittenwiler’s Ring


DOI: 10.1007/s11061-015-9461-5

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Classen, A. Neophilologus (2016) 100: 87. doi:10.1007/s11061-015-9461-5


As much as courtly life in the Middle Ages was determined by the royal and aristocratic celebrations and festivities, as much disruptions and dangerous tensions also emerged easily, as reflected by numerous late medieval poets. In the course of time, the ideals and the theatricality of courtly life seem to have become increasingly fragile and deceptive, which finds powerful expression in such works as the anonymous Mauritius von Craûn, Der Stricker’s Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, and Heinrich Wittenwiler’s Der Ring. This paper presents the way how those poets utilized the concept of the courtly festivity and its radical disruption as subtle criticism of an ever more duplicitous and untrustworthy courtly existence.


Court festivals Disruptions of the court Collapse of the courtly ideals Mauritius von Craûn Der Stricker’s Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal Heinrich Wittenwiler’s Ring 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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