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Early Books Lecture Series VII: War, Peace, Faith, Poetry


Image from a facsimile containing Wolfram von Eschenbach's poem Willehalm
Image from a facsimile containing Wolfram von Eschenbach's poem Willehalm

Date: March 2, 2010

Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bonnie Travers

Cost: Free

Description:

The University Libraries Special Collections hosts Early Books Lecture Series VII, an annual exploration by UA scholars of medieval texts held by the UA Libraries. The final lecture will be given by Professor Albrecht Classen, Department of German Studies. In War and Peace in the Middle Ages -- With Some Sprinkling of Toleration: Wolfram von Eschenbach's Willehalm, Classen examines Wolfram von Eschenbach's Willehalm, a German narrative poem about two mighty battles which describe both the beauty and horror that occur when noble knights and Saracens clash in mortal combat. The poem explores the relationship between the two faiths and the role of love within the context of war. The scene of the fighting, Alischanz, is the site of a Roman cemetery in the south of France.