A Handbook of the Troubadours

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University of California Press, Nov 17, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 508 pages
This book is a reference volume and a digest of more than a century of scholarly work on troubadour poetry. Written by leading scholars, it summarizes the current consensus on the various facets of troubadour studies.

Standing at the beginning of the history of modern European verse, the troubadours were the prime poets and composers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the South of France. No study of medieval literature is complete without an examination of the courtly love which is celebrated in the elaborately rhymed stanzas of troubadour verse, creations whose words and melodies were imitated by poets and musicians all over medieval Europe.

The words of about 2,500 troubadour songs have survived, along with 250 melodies, and all have come under intense scholarly scrutiny. This Handbook brings together the fruits of this scrutiny, giving teachers and students an overview of the fundamental issues in troubadour scholarship. All quotations are given in the original Old Occitan and in English. The editors provide a list of troubadour editions and an index, and each chapter includes a list of additional readings.
 

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This is a standard reference book for students of medieval romance language literatures. It provides a starting point for those who would like to begin working on troubadour literature. It is a good ... Read full review

Contents

An Overview Why the Troubadours?
9
The Essentials
17
The Lyric Texts
19
Fin amor
59
Versification
99
Music
119
Accessory Texts
163
The Nonlyric Texts
165
The Iberian Peninsula
269
Italy
277
Italian Troubadours
293
General and Technical Considerations
303
Manuscripts
305
Translation
332
Language
347
Rhetoric
398

The Vidas and Razos
183
The Women Troubadours
197
The Trobairitz
199
Origins and Diffusion
233
Origins
235
Northern France
253
The Minnesingers
260

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About the author (1995)

F.R.P. Akehurst is Professor of French at the University of Minnesota. He is the translator of The Coutumes de Beauvaisis of Philippe de Beaumanoir (1992). Judith M. Davis is Professor of French and Humanities at Goshen College.

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