Herr Goeli

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Goeli playing backgammon in the Codex Manesse

Herr Goeli (or Göli) was a Middle High German minnesinger. Four of his poems survive.[1] They are found under his name only in the Codex Manesse. In three other manuscripts—the Weingarten Manuscript and the Berlin and Frankfurt Neidhart manuscripts[2]—they are mistakenly attributed to Neidhart von Reuental.[3] In fact, they are deliberate imitations of the village songs (Dörperlieder [de]) of Neidhart.[1][4] They are of inferior quality.[3] Their incipits are:[5]

  • Svmer der hat sin gezelt
  • Willekomen svmer wetter svesse
  • Wol gezieret stat diu gruene heide
  • Wis willekomen nahtegal frowe

Goeli is usually identified with Diethelm Goeli, a knight of Basel recorded in various sources between 1254 and 1276.[1] Diethelm's wife's name was Sibilia. He was probably dead by 1280.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Garland & Garland 2005.
  2. ^ Bärmann 1995, pp. 158–160.
  3. ^ a b Wilmanns 1879.
  4. ^ Händl 2016, p. 156.
  5. ^ Bärmann 1995, pp. 170–176.
  6. ^ Bärmann 1995, p. 15.


  • Bärmann, Michael (1995). Herr Göli: Neidhart-Rezeption in Basel. Walter de Gruyter. doi:10.1515/9783110817232. ISBN 978-3-11-014670-7.
  • Garland, Henry; Garland, Mary, eds. (2005). "Goeli, Herr". The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-815896-7.
  • Händl, Claudia (2016). "La produzione letteraria di Neidhart nel contesto della lirica amorosa tedesca medievale" (PDF). Brathair. 16 (1): 141–162.
  • Wilmanns, Wilhelm (1879). "Göli". Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie. Vol. 9. Duncker & Humblot. p. 342.