The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Frauenlob

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FRAUENLOB, frow'en-lōb, the assumed name of Heinrich von Meissen, German minnesinger: b. 1250; d. 1318. For several years he wandered as a minstrel and then established the first school of the meistersingers at Mainz. The ladies of Mainz are said to have carried his bier to the cathedral in appreciation of his life-long chivalrous devotion to their sex. His tomb was restored in 1783 by ladies during the Werther period of German literature, and the ladies of Mainz erected a beautiful monument to his memory near his tomb in 1842. Ettmüller published an edition of his poems in 1843. They are bombastic and artificial in style. One of his works, the ‘Cantica Canticorum,’ has appeared in English.