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Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Kaiserchronik – digital

The Kaiserchronik, completed c.1150, is a seminal work of European literature. It is both the first verse chronicle in any European vernacular language and - at some 17,000 lines - the longest work of early Middle High German literature. With 50 witnesses dating from the 12th until the 16th century, it is also its most widely transmitted in terms of geographical spread, temporal longevity, and number of extant manuscripts.

The Kaiserchronik-digital edition captures all of these known witnesses - both as digital facsimiles and as full searchable transcriptions. It allows easy comparison between the three recensions of the text (A, B, C) and as such fulfills the long-standing desideratum of medieval German scholarship to present and understand the work in its full and significant dimensions. It also provides an outstanding corpus for historical-linguistic analysis.

Two of the manuscripts (Cod. Pal. germ 154, Cod. Pal. germ 361), which are both part of the tradition of recension A (“the old text”), belong to the Bibliotheca Palatina and are held in the Heidelberg University Library.