Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Culture and Society in Medieval Occitania

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Culture and Society in Medieval Occitania

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Linda Paterson, Culture and Society in Medieval Occitania (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). xii ?328 pp. ISBN 978-1-4094-2398-0. ¿85.00. This is a collection of articles and essays which covers part of Linda Paterson's influential output between 1982 and 2009. The tide reflects the content, which relates to the culture and society of the twelfth and thirteenth century as reflected in the troubadours writing at that time. But, as great travellers, the troubadours were drawn to describe other lands and other cultures, and one article in the opening section is pertinent to this aspect Linda Paterson is well known for her exploration of literary and non-literary sources, and, as a result, she has enriched our knowledge and understanding of the troubadours, their ladies, and the general conditions which prevailed, for it would be impossible to write meaningfully about the literary space they also inhabit without an appreciation of real life. …

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