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Hans Folz

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Hans Folz von Worms
Born 1437
Died January 1513 (aged 76)
  • Barber
  • Writer
Citizenship Nuremberg, Germany
Language Early New High German
Notable work(s)
Manuscript(s) MS Q.566 (1479)

Hans Folz (c. 1437–January 1513) was a notable Medieval German author. He was born in Worms, Germany, and was made a citizen of the city of Nuremberg in 1459 and master barber of the city in 1486. Folz was a reformer of the meistersangs, adding 27 new tones to those that had been allowed by the twelve "Alten Meister" (old masters) up to that point. His Meisterlieder (a type of song), of which he wrote about a thousand, were mostly devoted to religious questions. He also wrote twelve Fastnachtsspiele (short plays that made light of people in medieval society, for instance farmers, priests, and the bourgeoisie) in the same style as Hans Rosenplüt, but with more subtle language. According to Albert Wimmer's Anthology of Medieval German Literature, Folz’s plays were trendsetters in the development of moderately dramatic plays (Handlungsspiele).[1]

Hans Folz also seems to have been responsible for a brief fencing treatise, comprising ff 143r - 148v of the longer Weimar MS Q.566. This section includes both unique content and a garbled fragment of Johannes Liechtenauer's Recital.


Additional Resources


  1. Wimmer, Albert K. Anthology of Medieval German Literature. p 466.