Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Siege of a medieval castle

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Series:

Kosmos-Wandbilder

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

unknown

Publisher:

Der neue Schulmann /Franck´sche Verlagshandlung (Kosmos, Gesellschaft der Naturfreunde) / Perthes; Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1972

Themes:

War    European history   

According to the subtitle, “ Manesse manuscript University of Heidelberg” this wall chart shows one of the miniatures of the Codex Manesse, which is one of the most comprehensive and important German manuscripts of medieval Minnesang. The picture is dated to 1305-1340 and illuminates the manuscript of a song written by a minstrel “Düring”. Due to the songwriters name and the dialect of the minnelied its origin might lay in the German region “Thüringen”. On the picture you can see the siege of a castle. While knights assault the castle with bows, arrows and ax the Lord of the castle and his men defend it by throwing stones.