The thirteenth-century Middle High German poet Rudolf von Ems was very successful and created a number of intriguing romances and also a highly popular world chronicle. In his Der guote Gerhart (ca. 1220), he deals with material tinged in ancient Jewish wisdom literature and Christian didactic narratives. The Cologne merchant Gerhart emerges as an outstanding protagonist who is more loved by God than the Emperor Otto himself. Prof. Albrecht Classen has produced an English translation that appeared recently with Cambridge Scholar Press. In his online course Ger 320: History of Toleration and Tolerance (Winter 2016), he will also work with a small but significant section of that text.
Friday, December 9, 2016