Single Combat and Warfare in German Literature of the High Middle Ages
Stricker's Karl der Grosse and Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal

Rachel E. Kellett

Bithell Series of Dissertations 33

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 72

Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association and the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies

1 August 2008  •  286pp

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Combat is one of the central themes of Middle High German narrative literature, and of significant interest to medievalists in general. Nevertheless, few studies to date have attempted a detailed analysis of the depiction of combat in literary texts.

Rachel Kellett uses an inclusive approach to the details of combat descriptions in order to analyse minutely the scenes of single combat and battle presented in two major narrative works by Der Stricker, the epic Karl der Große and the Arthurian romance Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, written between 1220 and 1250. The author compares these works with a wide range of other texts, both French and German, and investigates the relationship between Stricker’s depiction of combat and that found in the works of Hartmann von Aue and Wolfram von Eschenbach among others. She also draws on historical research into medieval warfare, tournament and the tradition of the judicial combat, which adds valuable depth to her analysis of literary texts.

Overall, this study provides new insights into the depiction of combat in Middle High German literature as a whole, while at the same time highlighting hitherto unnoticed aspects of the writings of Der Stricker as an individual author, and bringing a new perspective on the ambiguous role played by combat in the equally ambiguous Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal.

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Reviews:

  • ‘The thoroughness of [Kellett's] restudy is a welcome reinforcement of many of the more impressionistic inferences drawn by previous scholars. The work will prove essential reading for those interested in the variegated oeuvre of the man who referred to himself (perhaps rather too modestly) as ‘Der Stricker’.’ — Neil Thomas, Modern Language Review 105, 2010, 270-71 (full text online)

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vi
Table of Contents
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vii-viii
Acknowledgements
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1-4
Chapter 1 Introduction
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5-32
Chapter 2 Analysing Single Combats
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33-56
Chapter 3 the Single Combats in Karl Der Große
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57-107
Chapter 4 the Single Combats in Daniel Von Dem Blühenden Tal
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108-113
Chapter 5 Analysing Battles
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114-163
Chapter 6 Battles in Karl Der Große
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164-199
Chapter 7 Battles in Daniel Von Dem Blühenden Tal
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200-202
Chapter 8 Conclusion
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203-220
Bibliography
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221-272
Appendices
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273-278
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

Kellett, Rachel E., Single Combat and Warfare in German Literature of the High Middle Ages: Stricker's Karl der Grosse and Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 33 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2008)

First footnote reference: 35 Rachel E. Kellett, Single Combat and Warfare in German Literature of the High Middle Ages: Stricker's Karl der Grosse and Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 33 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2008), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Kellett, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Kellett, Rachel E.. 2008. Single Combat and Warfare in German Literature of the High Middle Ages: Stricker's Karl der Grosse and Daniel von dem Blühenden Tal, Bithell Series of Dissertations, 33 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Kellett 2008: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Kellett 2008: 21.

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