Born in Breslau, Silesia, in 1921, Marianne Wynn emigrated with her family in 1938 to escape persecution. She studied and taught for some years in Australia before winning a scholarship to Girton College, Cambridge, in 1948, where she pursued doctoral research and was awarded a PhD in medieval German literature. She joined Westfield College, University of London, in 1954 as a Lecturer and was appointed Professor of German in 1984. Marianne Wynn was an international expert on the medieval German courtly romance and on Wolfram von Eschenbach, in particular. Professor Wynn died in London in 2009.