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Facsimile of the manuscript created between 1347 and 1363, possibly in Meissen for Margrave Friedrich III, and now housed at the Sächsische Landesbibliothek--Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden under shelfmark M32.
The Ambras Book of Heroes is a significant work in the tradition of high and late medieval German epic poetry. It encompasses numerous Middle High German epics, among them the Nibelungenlied, Hartmann’s Erec and Iwein, and Ulrich of Lichtenstein’s Frauenbuch, all valuable basic texts for medieval research. The scribe Hans Ried, customs officer on the Eisack near Bolzano, copied the Book of Heroes for King Maximilian I who had ordered it for his own use.