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Der Schenk Von Limburg, ministerial Swabian (mid 13th centur

Der Schenk Von Limburg, ministerial Swabian (mid 13th century) says goodbye to his lady before leaving. Codex Manesse (ca.1300) by Rudiger Manesse and his son Johannes. Fol. 82v. University of Heidelberg. Library. Germany

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13th Codex Germanic Heidelberg Hohenstaufen Kneeling Knees Limburg Loved Manesse Manuscript Ministerial Nobility Noble Poetry Rudiger Schenk Swabia Univeristy 14th Minnesang Swabian Troubador


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Der Schenk Von Limburg, a ministerial Swabian from the mid-13th century, takes a heartfelt leave of his beloved lady in this exquisite miniature from the Codex Manesse. The manuscript, created around 1300 by Rudiger Manesse and his son Johannes, is a treasure trove of German literature from the Middle Ages, featuring illustrations and biographies of notable poets and troubadours of the Hohenstaufen period. In this particular scene, Der Schenk Von Limburg is depicted in full knightly regalia, complete with a bird-adorned coat of arms, a helmet adorned with a tree, and a horse ready to carry him away. He kneels before his lady, his hands pressed to his knees in a gesture of respect and affection. The tender moment is filled with the poignant melancholy of parting, a common theme in the minnesang, or courtly love poetry, popular during this time. The Codex Manesse is an invaluable historical document, providing insight into the literary, artistic, and cultural traditions of medieval Germany. This miniature, in particular, offers a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love and the human connection, even in the midst of the grandeur and pageantry of the nobility.

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