A Handbook of the Troubadours

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F. R. P. Akehurst, Judith M. Davis
University of California Press, Nov 17, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 502 pages
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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

Why the Troubadours?
11
The Lyric Texts
21
Versification 1
73
The Nonlyric Texts
167
The Vidas and Razos
185
The Trobairitz
201
Northern France
255
The Minnesingers 2 62
262
Manuscripts
307
Translation
334
Nathaniel B Smith
400
Topoi 42 I
421
Imagery and Vocabulary
441
Bibliography
467
CONTRIBUTORS
483
Copyright

Italian Troubadours
295

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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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