Walther von der Vogelweide, (born c. 1170—died c. 1230, Würzburg? Germany), was the greatest German lyric poet of the Middle Ages. His poetry emphasizes the virtues of a balanced life, in the social as in the personal sphere, and reflects his disapproval of individuals, actions, and beliefs that disturbed this harmony. He was no respecter of persons: whoever came between him and his ideals, even the pope himself, received the full force of his anger.
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