800 Years are No Age Heinrich von Morungen (1155-1222) was the leading voice in German Minnesang during its early golden era. In a few words, he creates the mountains, woods and meadow of high middle age Germany during the crusades. Morungen was the most original and "private" poet of the formal art of the Minnesang in a time where personal feelings and real life observations were considered inappropriate. It could be said, that he invented modern "personal" poetry opposed to the other-wise anonymous poetry and art of the middle ages. Heinrich von Morungen wrote in the official style of the Minne tradition, but he turned the clichés into real life, pervaded with anger, sorrow and deep, true love to his Lady, "known to me since we were children". The readers of today will em-brace his words across an 800 years long distance. Because in the case of Morungen, 800 years are no age - his poetry is still alive and kicking.