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Troubadours and Love - L.T. Topsfield

Troubadours and Love

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Published: 20th March 1978
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The first known troubadour, Guilhem IX of Aquitaine, VII Count of Poitou, was a versatile man who fought against the Moors in Spain, lost an army on his way to the First Crusade, and for a time, like his great-grandson Richard Coeur de Lion, possessed more land and power in France than the king himself. His poetry reflects the hatred of convention and love of the unexpected that marks his life. In its easy swing between self-mockery and seriousness, idealised love and bawdy laughter, it introduces into troubadour poetry a sense of conflict which, after Guilhem's death in 1127, found a different and wider expression in an opposition between the metaphysical poetry of troubadours who sang with 'dark', 'rich' words and the love songs of poets who composed in a clear, 'easy' style on the single plane of their courtly experience. Dr Topsfield examines the work of a number of the greatest troubadours from the viewpoint of their attitudes to love.

List of plates
Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction;
Early Troubadours
Guilhem IX of Aquitaine and the quest for joy
Jaufre Rudel and love from afar
Marcabru and Fin'Amors;
The Generation of 1170
Bernart de Ventadorn
Raimbaut d'Aurenga
Peire d'Alvernhe;
The Generation of 1200
Arnaut Daniel
Raimon de Miraval and the Joy of the Court;
Late Troubadours
Guilhem de Montanhagol, Peire Cardenal and Guiraut Riquier
Appendices
Chronological table
A short glossary of poetic and courtly terms
List of abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
General index
Index of verse-quotations
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ISBN: 9780521098977
ISBN-10: 0521098971
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 20th March 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.4