anastasiav: (Byz Lady)
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As the illumination from this scroll was taken from the Codex Manesse, a 14th century liederhandschrift (or medieval songbook) which features a great deal of German Minnesang poetry, I chose to write the scroll text in the form of a Minnesang poem. The scroll text is loosely based on the poem 'Tanzweise' by Walther von der Vogelweide, whose portrait appears on leaf 124r of the Codex. Although I cannot confirm that 'Tanzweise' is one of the poems preserved in the Codex, it is a work that would have been immediately familiar to the owners of this book.

Here's a link to the source (in English translation)

'Lady,' they said, 'this garland wear
For thou wilt wear it nobly
and on thy brow 'twill sit so fair,
this accolade we wish for thee.
A fair and virtuous woman thus
whose skills and craft we recognize
Wouldst thou this gift accept from us?
For doubt us not, it should be thine.'

'Lady, so beautiful is thy art
that we on thee this would bestow,
'Tis the best gift we can impart
if thou wouldst have it we would know.
We should reward you, for you chose
to share with all, stranger and kin,
your well spun strands finer than those
that spiders twixt the boughs do spin.'

The lady blushed and bowed her head
close by her side her spindle laid
she gathered up her fine spun thread
as 'round her feet her children played.
The court arrayed as in a dream
the beauteous wreath the king proffered
and over awed the maid did seem
Her answer came without a word.

The joyful heralds called her name.
Fine mantle green to her was brought.
Great peers and persons 'round her came.
A song which praised her virtues sought.
For the new Laurel companion
Mistress Elizabeth Lovell
each in their turn raised raised glorious voice
and sang her noble virtues well.

And thus the honor was conferred
by Thyra Queen and Edward king
at Mudthaw on March twenty third
when forty seventh year did ring
In Settmour Swamp as we stand here
we charge you now to do your part
and take the word both far and near
of this lady's fine and noble art.
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