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Ein Gedicht darinn angezaigt wirt wie frum Herzog Heinrich zu Braunschweig unnd wie böss die Luterischen sein [manuscript].

Author/Creator:
Amsdorff, Nicolaus von, 1483-1565.
Publication:
[Germany], 1541.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
8 leaves : paper ; 193 x 139 (150 x 115) mm. bound to 199 x 143 mm.
Subjects:
Heinrich, der Jüngere, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, 1489-1568 -- Poetry.
Reformation -- Germany -- Pamphlets.
Form/Genre:
Codices.
Poems.
Satires.
Manuscripts, German -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Language:
German.
Summary:
Satirical poem aimed against Heinrich der Jüngere (the Younger), Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, by Nicolaus von Amsdorff, as transcribed by hand, evidently from the printed edition, in 1541 (abgeschrijben am 25. Tag Augusti anno 1541; f. 1r). The poem defends the pro-Reformation stance of the town of Goslar, which stood under military threat from Heinrich, a loyal ally of Emperor Charles V and an opponent of the Reformation; it is formulated as a response to an anti-Reformation dialogue published by Conrad Braun of the Imperial Chamber Court in 1539. The manuscript ends with two four-line epigrams under the heading Hertzog Heinrich von Braunschweig (f. 7r), a characterization of him and a counter-characterization (Contrarium), in the first person. The published poem is listed in Karl Goedeke's Grundrisz zur Geschichte der deutschen Dichtung aus den Quellen, vol. 2, p. 298, no. 144; and is reprinted in Oskar Schade, Satiren und Pasquille aus der Reformationszeit, vol. 1, p. 48.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (f. 1r).
Collation: Paper, i + 7; 1⁴(1 is pastedown) 2⁶(6 is pastedown); modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto.
Layout: Written in 18 long lines.
Script: Written in a German cursive script.
Decoration: Initials of verses with flourishes.
Binding: Modern boards.
Origin: Written in Germany in 1541 (f. 1r).
Penn Provenance:
Sold at auction by Gerd Rosen (Berlin), cat. 31, part 2, no. 2418 (ca. 1958-1959).
Cited in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 85 (Ms. German 37).
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1124
OCLC:
191869782
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