The Troubadours at Home: Their Lives and Personalities, Their Songs and Their World - Vol. 1

The Troubadours at Home: Their Lives and Personalities, Their Songs and Their World - Vol. 1

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The Troubadours at Home: Their Lives and Personalities, Their Songs and Their World - Vol. 1

The Troubadours at Home: Their Lives and Personalities, Their Songs and Their World - Vol. 1

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Daudet tells of a Provençal piper who made delightful music at Montmajour, but at Paris--where the proper surroundings did not exist--appeared only contemptible.

It has seemed to me that the poems of the troubadours suffer in a similar way. One judges them not only apart from their music, but--what is even more unfortunate-- apart from the circumstances that reinforced them, without regard to the life, the events, the localities, and the personalities that formed their setting, and then one pronounces them feeble and monotonous.

The purpose of my book is to place this literature before the reader somewhat as it originally appeared, and in a word I have attempted, within the necessary limitations, to represent the world of the troubadours, to place them in it as living persons, and to put into their mouths their poems as they made them,--only in another language.

The first step was to gain possession of the needed historical facts; a second was by travelling over the ground, as I did in 1895 and 1898, to prepare a real stage-setting; another was to reconstruct the personalities of the troubadours according to their poems, their environments, and what we know of their lives,--as indeed one could not avoid doing when treading the ground they trod, with the mind full of their sayings and doings; a fourth was to translate specimens of their poetry in the original forms, with some authentic illustrations of their music: and the . . .

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