The Court Magician in Medieval German Romance

by Stephan Maksymiuk (Author)
©1996 Thesis IX, 185 Pages
Series: Mikrokosmos, Volume 44


The presence of magicians at the feudal court seems to be an odd anomaly. Yet magic in medieval culture was not something practiced by hags and wild men in forests: it was a political force. This study examines how learned and popular culture interacted to create the medieval mentality that equated learning and statecraft with magic. It focuses on how this idea was embodied in historical court magicians and how court magicians were portrayed in literature. Taking Medieval German romance as a point of departure, it explores the concept of knowledge as magic in order to gain new insight into the nature of power, its exercise and representation in the Middle Ages.


IX, 185
ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1996. IX, 185 pp.

Biographical notes

Stephan Maksymiuk (Author)

The Author: Stephan Maksymiuk was born in Edmonton, Canada in 1962. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a B.A. (Honours) in Germanic Languages and Literatures in 1984, he carried out graduate work in Germanics at the University of Washington in Seattle, U.S.A., where he received his M.A. degree in 1987 and his Ph.D. in 1992. He has taught at the Universities of Washington, Münster, Dortmund and Freiburg.


Title: The Court Magician in Medieval German Romance