Eneit, Germany c.1215
Aeneasroman by Heinrich von Veldeke
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Ms. Germ. Fol. 282, Berlin
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A Knight of c.1220 from Armies of Feudal Europe 1066-1300 by Ian Heath based on Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke.
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Aeneas, mythical hero of Troy and Rome, son of the goddess Aphrodite and Anchises. Aeneas was a member of the royal line at Troy and cousin of Hector.
He played a prominent part in the war to defend his city against the Greeks, being second only to Hector in ability.
Homer implies that Aeneas did not like his subordinate position, and from that suggestion arose a later tradition that Aeneas helped to betray Troy to the Greeks.
The more common version, however, made Aeneas the leader of the Trojan survivors after Troy was taken by the Greeks.
In any case, Aeneas survived the war, and his figure was thus available to compilers of Roman myth.
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