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Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, living in Germany in the tenth century and writing in Latin, produced six (or seven, depending on the method of counting) short plays as well as poems (legendary saints' lives, historical epics, and a dream vision).
Before 940 Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, Roswitha, or Hroswitha, future poet and nun (whose name is given in various different forms), was born in Germany. Bibliographic Citation link.
After, perhaps long after, 973 Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, nun and poet, died, presumably in the convent of Gandersheim (or Bad Gandersheim) in Germany. Bibliographic Citation link.
1493 Renaissance humanist Conrad Celtes or Celtis unearthed the manuscript containing the poems and plays of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, which had been totally forgotten in the several centuries since her death. Bibliographic Citation link.
1501 Tenth-century Hrotsvit of Gandersheim's Opera Hrosvite (both poems and plays) were first printed, following their rediscovery by Conrad Celtes or Celtis, with a frontispiece and six further full-page wood-cuts, at least some by Albrecht Dürer. Bibliographic Citation link.
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