The Use of Literary Evidence for The History of Marriage: Wolfram Von Eschenbach<sup>1</sup>

Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205043
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676468 | DOI:

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The Use of Literary Evidence for The History of Marriage: Wolfram Von Eschenbach1

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This chapter discusses the use of imaginative literature as historical evidences of marriage. This chapter argues that literary pieces are not mere works of fiction but they mirror the society and the era in which these literatures are made. Despite looking at the significance of literature in catching glimpses and in interpreting historical accounts and events, the chapter does not dismiss that accurate historical interpretation is a mixture of facts and literature. In this chapter the focus is on the works of the medieval poet Wolfram von Eschenbach. His Parzival and Willehalm illustrate the trends and tendencies in marriages during the 12th century as well as the laws and the ceremonies surrounding marriage. The chapter also includes a brief discussion of some chosen literary pieces such as the work of Chrétien of Troyes which shows the paradoxes of love, marriage, and the romance tradition.

Keywords: literature; historical evidences; marriage; Wolfram; Parzival; Willehalm; 12th century

Chapter.  13437 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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