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

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PREFACE

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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  • Title Page i
  • Preface v
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiii
  • Authorities xv
  • I - Aix 1
  • II - Carpentras, Vacqueiras, Orange, And Vaucluse 14
  • III- Les Baux and Tortona 33
  • IV - Monferrat 52
  • V - Courthézon 77
  • VI - Die and Valence 95
  • VII - Anduze 107
  • VIII - Montpellier 119
  • IX - Nontron and Mareuil 139
  • X - Béziers and Burlatz 155
  • XI - Béziers 172
  • XII - Ribérac, Agen, and Beauville 188
  • XIII - Narbonne 206
  • XIV - Perpignan, Castell-Rossello, And Cabestany 224
  • XV - Barcelona 240
  • XVI - Goito, Sambonifacio, and Rodez 254
  • XVII - Marseille, Saissac, and St. Gilles 273
  • XVIII - Carcassonne and Cabaret 290
  • XIX - Foix 311
  • XX - Toulouse and Pamiers 328
  • XXI - Miraval, Boissezon, Castres, and Muret 345
  • XXII - Albi and Gaillac 368
  • XXIII - Le Thoronet and Grandselve 386
  • Notes on Volume One 407
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