Many Minnereden are narratives (even if their narrative content is not very interesting to modern readers), they often begin with a first person narrator, an unspecified ‚I‘ taking a walk into the beautiful woods, and chancing upon a knight or a lady who turn out to be allegorical figures in pursuit of love (or Love in pursuit of the ideal lover).
While we have good knowledge of Minnesang, the Minnereden are well-known only in their major examples, there are countless Minnereden that have not been dealt with in research. But while they do not fascinate today, they captured the imagination of noblemen around 1500 – and they were collector‘s items.
Here you can find an example, including a short text excerpt with original text and translation.
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Go on and read about our main exhibit, a Minnereden collection from the 15th century.