The Troubadours and England

The Troubadours and England

The Troubadours and England

The Troubadours and England

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Any histories of literature which deal with the Middle English lyric refer in more or less vague and general terms to the influence exerted by the Provençal troubadours upon this part of our national poetry; no one, so far as I know, has yet attempted to estimate the full extent of this influence or to trace the manner in which it was exerted. This book is an attempt to fill the gap. The foreign element in Middle English poetry has been touched upon by O. Heider, Untersuchungen zur mittelenglischen erotischen Lyrik, Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung der Doctorwürde, Halle, 1906, a treatise of little value. Some useful information, of which I have availed myself, is to be found inA. Brandl, Spielmannsverhältnisse in frühmittelenglischer Zeit, Sitzungsberichte der königlich preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1910. Les Troubadours et l'Angleterre,Jean Audiau, Tulle, 1920, is a thesis submitted to the Faculty of Letters at Toulouse for the Diplôme d'Études Supérieures de Langue Anglaise; the author refers to my observations on the subject in The Troubadours, Cambridge, 1912 (Cambridge Manuals of Science and Literature . . .

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