One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A German lyric poet and singer of the 12th–14th centuries, who performed songs of courtly love.
- ‘The presence of foreign musicians from the 12th century onwards is a sign that the music of the troubadours and the German Minnesinger was cultivated by the court.’
- ‘Meistersingers were the successors of the German Minnesingers.’
- ‘In fact Neidhart was the only Minnesinger whose music was printed during the Renaissance.’
- ‘The music here is traditional, and is performed the way the Minnesingers wrote it - history was kind to their songs, and many survived to this day.’
- ‘When singing, the Minnesingers accompanied themselves with either the lute or the harp.’
Early 19th century: from German Minnesinger ‘love singer’.
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