Theuerdank the Epic of the Last Knight

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The amazing tales of the knight Theuerdank and his companion  Ehrenhold constitute the last great epic verse of the late Middle Ages.  The courageous knight’s journey to woo his future wife, Mary of  Burgundy, and his triumph in battles and other perilous acts of bravery  are the focus of this highly embellished “real-life” story of Emperor  Maximilian I (1459–1519).  A king of Germany before becoming Holy  Roman Emperor in 1508, Maximilian was a great patron of the arts, but  also the first modern-age ruler to recognize its potential for  propaganda. He commissioned a trilogy of luxurious illustrated books to  immortalize his existence, among them Theuerdank—the only volume to be  published during his lifetime, composed by Melchior Pfinzing, based on  Maximilian’s rather fanciful draft.  The 118 ornate, gold-adorned  woodcuts—one for each chapter—were made by Hans Burgkmair the Elder,  Hans Schäufelein, and Leonhard Beck, while the typeface (known as the  Theuerdank typeface and marked by striking “elephant trunks”) was  especially designed for the book by the printing workshop of Hans  Schönsperger the Elder. 

  • Editor: Stephen Fussel
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Taschen, 2018
  • 398 pages, 9.5" x 6.7"
  • 118 ornate, gold-adorned woodcuts
  • ISBN: 9783836566209
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