The Heliand

(German: Heiland, Saviour)

The oldest complete work of German literature, an epic poem on the life of Christ, composed in the Saxon language, c.830, under Emperor Louis the Pious. A fragment of the manuscript was discovered before 1587, and the full text appeared in 1830, from a Munich manuscript. The poem, written in alliterative verse, either by a priest or a layman, has a purely German atmosphere.

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