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Conny Burian

The Nibelung Poetess [Die Nibelungendichterin]

A story about the creation of the Nibelungenlied

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Edition: 1st

Release year: 2023

Number of pages: 420 pages

Images: 0 fig.

Format: 13.5 x 21.5 cm

Language/s: German

ISBN: 978-3-910347-27-4

ISBN (ePDF): 978-3-910347-28-1

ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-910347-29-8

Short text

What if it wasn't Siegfried the Dragon Slayer, the actual womaniser, but Kriemhild, the Burgundian king's daughter and later wife of the Hun King Etzels, the heroine of the Nibelungenlied ? Who may have brought down to parchment the lost original text on which the most famous three manuscripts, all of which were created around the year 1200, are based? Was it not a minstrel, knight or cleric, but a nun from Passau?

Between truth and fiction, Conny Burian's autobiographically told novel traces the life lines of two women, Kriemhild and Hilde, and lets both of them, protagonist and author of the greatest German heroic epic, appear in a new light.

VLB keywords: Nibelungenlied, Nibelungen poet, Hilde, Willibald, Kriemhild, Siegfried, Benedictine Abbey, Niedernburg, Passau, Worms Cathedral School, Worms, Friedrich Barbarossa, High Middle Ages, manuscript, manuscripts, creation, heroic epic, origin story, authorship, autofiction, autobiography, Middle Ages, adventure

About the author

Novels of the High Middle Ages

Conny Burian has a doctorate in English and has been teaching at the University of Calgary, Canada, since 2004. She has a particular interest in the literature of the High Middle Ages, which she also covers intensively with students in her university classes.

In her novel “Die Nibelungendichterin” (The Nibelung Poetess), she addresses the major gaps in knowledge that exist in research regarding the authorship of the heroic epic.

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