The importance of the Codex Manesse

The Codex Manesse or Manessian codex, also known as Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift, is the richest and most famous medieval songbook in the German language. This large format codex (35.5×25 cm) consists of 426 sheets of parchment and contains texts and precious miniatures on both sides. It is preserved in the Heidelberg University Library. The collection contains poetic works in Middle…

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