Codex Manesse Court – Lords of the land.

Here comes another set of mighty lord and knights at the Codex Manesse Court.


This time lords of Holy Roman Empire (mostly) with Landgraff of Turingia and three Burggrafs of Regensburg, Reitenburg and Lienz. Swords in hands of Herr Landgraff and Burggraf of Reitenburg are usually interpreted  symbols of their judiciary power. These two fellows could have been known as particularly just judges (or the monk just wanted to depict them as such 😉 ).

A watchful fan of the Manesse Knights may recognize the name Hesso von Reinach, as he already appeared in previous set as a jousting knight. (Or his helmet and shield to be exact.) I have used his coat of arms to “repair” an unnamed figure.  This time it is he “as himself” wearing a casual surcoat. Apparently this gentleman was known for his philanthropy, as in Codex Manesse he is depicted inviting beggars and cripples into his house.

Another interesting character in this set is Friedrich von Hausen. As a minnesinger he was extremely popular at the Imperial court of Friedrich Barbarossa, his son Heinrich King of the Romans and Germans (crowned at the age of four BTW), and french court of Philip Auguste. He must have been a real celebrity of his time. Actually most Manesse Knights were celebrities more or less, but not every one was known, and mourned by the whole army of the Third Crusade. (Friedrich died falling from his horse, while chasing the heathens after the battle of Philomelion 1190 AD)

Of the remaining two figures little is known.
Burkhard von Hohenfels was a ministerialis (a kind of unfree knight/servant/courtier) of the bishop of Konstanz.
As for Der Winsbeke (lit an man from a town of Windsbach) nobody actually knows who was that guy, if it was even an actual, historical person, a literary character, or just a title of the poem (as was in the case of Tyro king of the Scotts). The poem itself refers to an old knight lecturing his son of knightly virtues and on life in general (with something about repentance added on the end by some nosy priest). The character however looks regal enough to be counted among the lords of Codex Manesse Court.


2 thoughts on “Codex Manesse Court – Lords of the land.

    • Right click on the image -> Save target as -> Print, fold along the red line, glue front and back together, cutout,
      put them in plastic or paper bases (or simply glue them by bottom edge to a piece of paper with clear drying PVA) -> Play. Hope you like them :).

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