Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Troubadour Poems from Southern France

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Troubadour Poems from Southern France

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Troubadour Poems from Southern France, trans. William D. Paden and Frances Freeman Paden (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2007). xiii +278 pp. ISBN 978- 1-84384- 129- 6. £5 0.00/$ 8 5. 00. This hardback volume presents 126 poems in translation with a short introduction and some recommendations for further reading, aimed at non-specialists. There is also an invaluable bibliography. Most of the poems are troubadour poetry composed in Occitan, with well-chosen examples of relevant works in Occitan from earlier and later periods, as well as poems in Tuscan, Hebrew, and an extract from an Old Norse saga. William D. Paden is one of the foremost troubadour specialists currently working in North America, and this anthology of translated poems reflects his extensive research on individual troubadours, as well as his knowledge of the Occitan language. In this respect, alongside the accuracy, wit, and detail of the Padens' literal translations, this anthology is preferable to Robert Kehew's competing Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours. …

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