Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Florilège En Mineur: Jongleurs et Troubadours Mal Connus

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Florilège En Mineur: Jongleurs et Troubadours Mal Connus

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Pierre Bec, Florilège en mineur: Jongleurs et troubadours mal connus, Medievalia 49 (Orléans: Paradigme, 2004). 405 pp. ISBN 2-86878-242-6. euro36.00. This volume is an anthology of lesser-known and, in many cases, neglected Occitan poets, covering four centuries, the twelfth to the fifteenth. It makes the case that Guiraut Riquier was not the last troubadour (or, more precisely, 'court troubadour"), since smaller courts, like those of Rodez, Foix, and Narbonne, continued to attract poets, as did the great courts of Spain and Italy, and, in the fourteenth century, under the watchful eye of the bourgeois of Toulouse, the Consistori del Gay Saber and the Jeux Floraux are instituted. Pierre Bec writes in some detail of the development of this poetry from a generic and social viewpoint before presenting sixty poems written by fifty-eight troubadours, of whose output the manuscript tradition has preserved but a few (of these fifty-eight troubadours only ten have an existing corpus of more than ten poems). The anthology covers the grand chant courtois, the ribald poetry which Bee has elsewhere called contre-textes, religious and didactic poetry, the registre popularisant (another happy denomination due to Bee), those of the Consistori, and those honoured by the Jeux Floraux of the Toulouse school. Each text is accompanied by Bee's lively translation. …

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