Heinrich Wittenwiler (2850 words)


Heinrich Wittenwiler is today regarded as the author of a major didactic-encyclopedic work entitled Der Ring [The Ring]. Contemporaries, however, obviously did not think much of it, considering that the work has survived in only one manuscript (originally Meiningen, Thuringia, formerly East Germany [No. 502, Hs. 29], today Munich, Staatsbibliothek, Cgm 9300). Modern scholarship has recognized in Der Ring a significant contribution to late medieval, perhaps already early-modern German literature in which, like in a traditional medieval Summa, much of traditional knowledge is presented in the form of a variety of teachings to a young peasant,…

Citation: Classen, Albrecht. "Heinrich Wittenwiler". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 November 2007 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=11850, accessed 16 August 2022.]

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