I'm writing a book about the Pied Piper, and I was wondering if anyone has any good recommendations for books, websites, etc., about German culture in the 1200s - all aspects of German culture: religion, politics, clothing, food, music - and also German mythology, specifically that focusing on mythical creatures (and preferably not the Grimms' Fairy Tales, as I have my own collection of those). Any help is appreciated!

  • $\begingroup$ LINK 1845 -- children's morality tales -- scary but typical. Not mythology, but a good book. $\endgroup$ – WRX Feb 17 '17 at 23:58
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    $\begingroup$ Hi, welcome to worldbuilding! I believe (someone can correct me if I'm wrong) that things like book recommendations are off topic here - it's impossible to tell which answer (which recommendation) is better, so is (for one) opinion based, which we don't really like (sorry). If you have a specific question about medieval German culture, the History stack exchange would be a good place to ask. Otherwise, if you have a specific question about building a world, we'd be very happy to help here. Also @AngelPray, recommendation questions are off-topic on literature $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir24601 Feb 18 '17 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ Upon further looking into this, book recommendations aren't actually off-topic, but in this case, I believe it would probably be helpful if the question were more specific - see here and here for more detailed discussions about what makes a good recommendation question. Sorry if I'm causing any confusion and good luck on your search! $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir24601 Feb 18 '17 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ I can see the need to look for good material. When I wrote the book for my musical, we basically used research to create a world on the stage. That's no different from asking what items would be needed if we were to settle on Mars. Instead of looking for/recommending books, you'd be looking at scientific research, peer review papers, and TV documentaries. I think the questioner is asking as I did way back because the world I created on stage had to be my own, but it also needed to be somewhat true to the story. You can take this story, change a few things, and create a great SiFi world. $\endgroup$ – George McGinn Feb 18 '17 at 3:39

Back in 1977 I wrote a musical about the Pied Piper of Hamlin. It was produced in 1978 at a children's festival in New Jersey and made it to off-off-Broadway in 1979.

I wish I had the Internet back then, but the story dates back to 1384 if I recall from a Wikipedia link that lists all the books, at least the important ones that advanced and even changed the story over time.

You can find the list of books at List of literary accounts of the Pied Piper

And I found some interesting versions of it on websites. Just do a search.

Note: I would have rather put this in as a comment, but I lack 7 reputation points. Sorry moderators if this answer does not meet requirements.


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