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Germany

Brian Murdoch

in Gregorius

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596409
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745737 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596409.003.0003
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Much attention has been paid to the Gregorius-tradition in Germany. The medieval German poem by Hartmann von Aue, based on the early French version, is important as a major work of literature, and many further texts were based upon it. Those in prose are treated in the next chapter. This chapter analyses Hartmann’s work, his use of paradox and of complex cumulative imagery, and his presentation of a philosophy of sin and grace deriving partly from Gregory the Great, and stressing again the dangers of despairing in God. Two medieval Latin poems also derive from Hartmann, the more theological full version by Arnold of Lübeck and a brief anonymous poem in hexameters from south Germany designed for school rhetoric lessons.

Keywords: medieval German; medieval Latin; Hartmann; Arnold of Lübeck; Gregory the Great; sin; grace; rhetoric; paradox; imagery

Chapter.  23363 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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