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THE MINNESINGERS

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GERMAN TROUBADOURS

OF THE

TWELFTH AND THIRTEENTH CENTURIES:

ILLUSTRATED BY SPECIMENS OF THE COTEMPOBARY
LYRIC POETRY OF PROVENCE AND OTHER
PARTS OF EUROPE:

WITH HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL NOTICES, AND EN-
GRAVINGS FROM THE MS. OF THE MINNESINGERS
IN THE KING'S LIBRARY AT PARIS, AND
FROM OTHER SOURCES.

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LONDON:

PRINTED FOR

LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, BROWN AND GREEN,
PATERNOSTER-ROW.

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ADVERTISEMENT.

Though this little work is sent into the world anonymously, it may be proper to state that it is the joint production of two authors: one of whom (the writer of this notice) is answerable for the arrangement, and for what may be called the critical department of the book; while he resigns the poetic department, with few and trifling exceptions, to his associate, to whom the reader will correctly attribute whatever is most worthy of his perusal.

The selections have been almost entirely confined to that branch of lyric poetry by which the period in question is most peculiarly characterized. It must, however, be admitted, that a much more curious and valuable" miscellany might be compiled from a careful investigation of the great mass of those pieces, belonging to the same sera, which are of an historical character.

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The opportunity cannot be omitted of expressing an earnest wish that the vast mass of information which may now be drawn from the copious stores of Germany, for the elucidation and illustration of the poetry and romance of the middle ages, will, before long, give rise to some new and more comprehensive work on that subject:-at all events, we ought not to be without a complete literary history of the Suabian age. An apology is perhaps due for the paucity of references to authorities throughout this volume: but it should be remembered, that they are generally drawn from the German critics, whose works are well known to those who have cultivated similar pursuits in that language, and whom it would be of little use to quote for the mere English reader. The specimens of the Minnesingers (which word it may be as well to state once for all, means love-singers) are almost all taken from Bodmer; and those of the Troubadours, either from M. Raynouard or from the Parnasse Occi

tanien.

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