Frau Minne

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German chandelier sculpture, ca. 1430, possibly depicting Frau Minne as queen

Frau Minne (vrowe minne) is a personification of courtly love in Middle High German literature. She is frequently addressed directly in Minnesang poetry, usually by the pining lover complaining about his state, but she appears also in the longer Minnerede poems, and in prose works.

A rare allegorical painting of ca. 1400, showing Frau Minne presiding over suffering lovers having their hearts torn from their breasts, was discovered in a guild house in Zurich in 2009.[1]

Literature[edit]

  1. ^ Frau Minne hat sich gut gehalten, NZZ, 26 November 2009.
  • Dorothea Wiercinski, Minne, Niederdeutsche Studien, 1964.
  • Konrad Falke, Frau Minne: ein mittelalterlicher Weltspiegel. 1905.