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What did the fire say to the water? Why did a jewel want to travel the world? In his book of Latin dialogues and fables, the Dialogus creaturarum moralisatus, Nicolas Pergamenus answered moral and scientific questions through lively stories.

There are few surviving examples of writing in Old High German (the linguistic ancestor of the language spoken in Europe today), but those that have come down to us reveal a culture rich in stories of bravery and faith.