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Rudolf von Ems
Rudolf von Ems, b. Hohenems (Vorarlberg), around 1200, d. around 1254, erudite Middle High German epic writer. Born into a family of estate officials of the lords of Montfort; modelling his work on the Middle High German "classics" he wrote the chivalric legends "Der guote Gerhart" (1220-1225) and "Barlaam und Josaphat" (1225-1230), the chivalric courtly novels "Alexander" (around 1230, unfinished) and "Willehalm von Orlens" (around 1238) as well as a "Weltchronik" (around 1250, unfinished). Buried in Bruck an der Mur.
Editions: Der guote Gerhart, ed. by J. A. Asher, 21971; Barlaam und Josaphat, ed. by F. Pfeiffer, 1843 (re-print 1965); Alexander, ed. by V. Junk, 1928f.; Willehalm von Orlens, ed. by V. Junk, 21967; Weltchronik, ed. by G. Ehrismann, 1915.
Literature: H. Brackert, R. v. E., 1968; U. Klingenböck, "doch weiz ich es von wârheit niht ...". Fiktionalisierung und Historisierung im "Alexander" R. v. E., doctoral thesis, Vienna 1994.