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Codex Manesse

Manuscript (Codex Pal. Germ. 848), 355 x 250 mm
Universitätsbibliothek, Heidelberg

This miniature is from the famous Codex Manesse, the most comprehensive collection of ballads and epigrammatic poetry in Middle High German language. It depicts a tournament scene: the victory of Sir Walter von Klingen, watched by ladies.

The medieval tournament was a mixture of sport, military training, entertainment and business. As entertainment, it was lavish and spectacular, much enjoyed by the court, especially by ladies.

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