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Courtliness and Transgression at Arthur’s Court With Emphasis on the Middle High German Poet Neidhart and the Anonymous Verse Novella Mauritius von Craûn

Courtliness and Transgression at Arthur’s Court With Emphasis on the Middle High German Poet Neidhart and the Anonymous Verse Novella Mauritius von Craûn

Courtliness and Transgression at Arthur’s Court With Emphasis on the Middle High German Poet Neidhart and the Anonymous Verse Novella Mauritius von Craûn

Classen, Albrecht

Arthuriana 20.4 (2010)

Abstract

Despite all efforts by courtly poets to maintain the impression of stability and continuity within the courtly world, by the early thirteenth century individual texts such as the poems by Neidhart and the anonymous verse narrative Mauritius von Craûn signal transgression of the ideal of courtly love. These texts undermine traditional courtly values, thus illustrating how much the Arthurian world lacked any real strategies to combat moral and ethical threats affecting aristocracy at large.


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