A Handbook of the Troubadours
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ValerieMWilhiteR - LibraryThing
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
The Iberian Peninsula
General and Technical Considerations
Other editions - View all
Ages already amor appear Arnaut become beginning Bernart Born called canso century chanson Chapter close composed considered court courtly critical culture Dante desire early edition elements example expression fact figures final France French genres give given Guillem Guiraut historical important influence Italy Jaufre known lady language Latin less lines literary literature lover lyric manuscript meaning medieval melody names nature notes Occitan original Paris Peire Peiteus performance person pitches poems poetic poetry poets present Press Provencal Raimbaut razos reader reference remains represented rhetoric rhyme Romance scholars seems serve sing social songs stanza strophe structure studies style suggest syllable tradition translation trobairitz troubadour trouvere University various Ventadorn verse versions vidas vols women written