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Anglica Germanica Series 2 : Rennewart in Wolfram's 'Willehalm': A Study of Wolfram von Eschenbach and his Sources - Carl Lofmark

Anglica Germanica Series 2

Rennewart in Wolfram's 'Willehalm': A Study of Wolfram von Eschenbach and his Sources


Published: 11th August 2011
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Wolfram von Eschenbach's Willehalm and the Old French chanson de geste, La Bataille d'Aliscans, on which it was based, recount the tale of how Guillaume de'Orange eventually defeated the Saracens at the battle of Aliscans. Mr Lofmark examines Wolfram's use of his source material, concentrating on the episodes in which Rennewart figures. He discusses the theories about the original source of Rainouart in the French chansons de geste, and suggests that the figure sprang from traditional fairy tales, and was incorporated into the courtly cycle, in which he assorts rather oddly with the other characters, threatening to take over centre stage from the primary hero, Guillaume. He indicates the ways in which Wolfram made his poem a more consistent narrative by relegating Rennewart to his proper place, and giving him some of the courtly virtues expected of a hero by his audience. Finally, he considers whether Willehalm is a fragment.

The Origin of Rennewart:
Rainouart in the early chansons de geste
Possible historical sources
The fairy tale
Wolfram's Treatment of His Source:
Wolfram's version of Aliscans
Rennewart in Aliscans and Willehalm
Wolfram's adaptation
Rennewart's Development:
The possibility of development in Willehalm
Symbols of development
Guidance and g├╝ete
Excursus: Gyburg's cloak
Rennewart and the Christian Empire:
The Christian Empire
The rise of Rennewart
Excursus: Rennewart and the imperial flag
The End of Wolfram's Willehalm:
Is Willehalm a fragment?
The continuation of the Rennewart action
Select bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521155380
ISBN-10: 052115538X
Series: Anglica Germanica Series 2
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 11th August 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35