By Opritsa D. Popa, Winder McConnell
In Bibliophiles and Bibliothieves, Opritsa Popa has documented what may possibly justifiably be defined because the so much celebrated case of looting of 2 German cultural treasures via a member of the U.S. military on the finish of global battle II and their next odyssey throughout either an ocean and a continent: the pilfering from a cellar in undesirable Wildungen of the ninth-century Liber Sapientiae, containing the 2 leaves of the oldest extant German heroic poem, the previous excessive German Hildebrandslied, besides the fourteenth-century illuminated Willehalm codex, either one of which have been faraway from the country Library in Kassel for defense from bombing raids.
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Des Coudres, December 22, 1970. Ex Bibliotheca Cassellana: 400 Jahre Landesbibliothek, 20. 11. 11. 1980 (From the Kassel Library: 400 years of State Library, 11/20/1580–11/20/1980), editor Hans-Jürgen Kahlfuß (Kassel: Gesamthochschul-Bibliothek-Kassel, Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel, 1980), 95. ” Kassel, about the evacuation. 23 He must have felt at peace knowing that at least twenty of his treasures were better protected. As feared, the immediate reaction of the Party elite had been one of accusation and condemnation.
A monumental Romanesque church modeled after Saint Peter’s basilica in Rome, rose above his crypt. 3 This is the place on which today’s baroque cathedral stands. In 789, a remarkable letter, written by Charlemagne to Baugulf, second abbot of Fulda, marked a turning point in the educational system of the kingdom. In his letter, Charlemagne urged the abbot to institute a teaching program that stressed literacy and biblical studies, and promoted literature and the sciences. 4 From the four corners of Europe students began beating a path to the gates of the abbey.
Now, trapped in their gray wooden chest, hidden in the darkness of a small-town air raid shelter, the two codices were once again facing the menace of war. ,150. There are twelve complete manuscripts and fifty-nine fragments. 42 Joan A. Holladay, Illuminating the Epic: The Kassel ‘Willehalm Codex’ and the Landgraves of Hesse in the Early Fourteenth Century (Seattle: College Art Association and University of Washington Press, 1996), 84: “The large scale of the illumination cycle and the mannered elegance of the painting style put Heinrich’s manuscript in the category of luxury books to which art historians devote their attention.