Heart Book

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The so-called Heart Book (Hjertebog, Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek, Thott 1510, 4º) is a 16th-century Danish manuscript (Thott 1510 4o), now kept in Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen.

It is a collection of 83 Danish love ballads, collected in the 1550s at the court of king Christian III. It is the oldest known Danish ballad manuscript.

A peculiarity of the manuscript the entire book is heart shaped, in one of the early examples of the heart shape being used to signify romantic love.


  • S. Grundtvig, Preve paa en ny udgave af Danmarks gamle folkeviser, 2. udg. 1847, S. 42, No. 3
  • V. A. Pedersen, Dansk litteraturs historie: 1100-1800, Volume 1, p. 148f.

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