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Vom Narren zum Gralskönig: Die Bedeutung der minne für Parzivals Entwicklung
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Baltic Languages, Finnish and German, German.
2011 (German)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

From an ingenious fool to the Grail King: the significance of courtly love in Wolfram’s Parzival

The focus of this thesis lies on the doctrines in courtly behavior, a multifaceted system of chivalric norms and behaviors often referred to as the knightly virtue system based on the literature of the early and high Middle Ages. The aim of this thesis is to study the different aspects, such as religious, military, courtly and romantic, of the knightly virtue system. The romantic aspect of the knightly ideal is given particular attention, as it is the focus of this paper.

The word minne is the bearer of the romantic aspect and is central in Wolfram’s von Eschenbach Parzival which is the main source studied. The following issues are discussed in more detail: how the knightly ideal is presented in Wolfram’s epic and to what extent the minne affects the development of Parzival to the Grail king. In the course of this thesis it will also be shown that the romantic aspect is the most influential aspect of the knightly virtue system and that this particular aspect truly defines an ideal knight.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
love, middle ages, medieval, knights, grail, virtues, knightly, courtly love, Parcifal, grail king
Keyword [de]
Parzival, Minne, Liebe, Liebesauffassungen, Mittelalter, mittelalterlich, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Eschenbach, Ritter, Tugenden, Ritterlichkeit, Höfische Sitten, Tuniere, mittelalterlich
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64762OAI: diva2:458578
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-11-24 Created: 2011-11-23 Last updated: 2011-11-24Bibliographically approved

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