Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 35

Columbia University Germanic Studies Volume 35

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...Moscherosch tells the story of the young crown prince of Wassgau who receives from his dying father a golden apple with instructions to travel around the world for the purpose of discovering the biggest fool and presenting him with the apple. The son proceeds to carry out the behests of his father. He discovers that terrible, hopeless conditions prevail at the many imperial and royal courts to which he comes, that usually the rulers and nobles are no better off than the meanest lackeys, that they are harsh and unjust and that corruption and envy flourish in exuberance. But one land particularly arouses his attention." "Donkeys rode on horses, sows on woodpeckers. It was a topsyturvy realm, indeed, more like unto a painting than a country. And as the young sire enquired about the king, they answered that they had quite forgotten who he was." The sovereign, it turns out, had been a reckless gambler and had lost his land by a single stroke of misfortune. The prince considers him a promising candidate, indeed, for the golden apple, but fails to find him." Well may Moscherosch have had contemporary conditions in mind when he wrote his precious bit of satire, for Germany, too, was a subverted Empire frequently victimized by reckless rulers. It is a fact, moreover, as Biedermann shows," that many subjects of the Emperor were not even aware of his existence..' ZZ PP 2"-""--3" 25 Ibid., No. 7, n, p. 14o. "Ibid 7, 16, p.:41. 27 Ibid 7, 25, p. 143. 28 Ibid., No. 8, 41, p. 17o. 19 Ibid., No. II., 5, 6, p. 313. 3 Ib-id., p. 6o8. Cf. also p. 2o6. 81 In his Silvae Lyricae, IV., 3, he begs the pardon of Charles the Great because the Empire has sunk so low. 82 In his Horrendum Bellum Grammaticale...
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  • Paperback | 50 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236955250
  • 9781236955258