burgrave


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a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right

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the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries

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He names Romanian burgraves and judges in the main cities, i.e.
One is struck by Gautier's virtuosity in recreating Hugo's imaginative world: there is a particularly remarkable and lengthy appreciation of Les Burgraves (originally spread over two feuilletons), more evocative, it might be argued, than the play itself; elsewhere, he perceptively captures the fantastical and often bizarre nature of Hugo's drawings and transformations of coffee stains and ink blots.
His own plays, historical melodramas filled with rather wooden, typically romantic personages, include Hernani (1830), Ruy Blas (1838), and Les Burgraves (1843).