Frau Ava

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Author

Frau Ava

Location

Gottweig Abbey, Austria

Dates

1060 – 1127

Biography

Frau Ava, also known as Ava of Göttweig or Ava of Melk, was the first named female writer in any genre in the German language. Ava the poet is usually identified as a certain Ava who after the death of her husband lived as an anchorite on the estate of Göttweig Abbey in Lower Austria, near Krems, or perhaps in Melk Abbey.

Works

Johannes (John the Baptist), Leben Jesu (Life of Jesus) with a final section on Die 7 Gaben des Heiligen Geistes (The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit"), Antichrist, Das Jüngste Gericht (The Last Judgment)

Languages

German

Genres

Poetry

Editions and Translations

Rushing, James, 2003. Ava's New Testament Narratives: When the Old Law Passed Away (Edition with English translations of "Johannes" and "Life of Jesus"). Kalamazoo.

Archival Holdings

Vorauer Handschrift (Vorauer Manuscript) containing "Leben Jesu" ("Jesus, The Son of God") with a final section on "Die 7 Gaben des Heiligen Geistes" ("The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit"), "Antichrist", and "Das Jüngste Gericht": cod. 276, Vorau Abbey, Austria.

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