Dietmar von Eist
Dietmar von Eist (? - 1171) is one of the earliest minnesingers known to us. There is some controversy as to which of the works attributed to him he actually wrote. The works which are more archaic in style (e.g. those that use assonance for rhyme) are commonly agreed to be his. Whilst of an older style these works still show progress from the works produced by Der von Kürenberc.