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

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BÉZIERS AND BURLATZ

Arnaut de Maruelh (Continued)

IT required but little time for Arnaut de Maruelh to become a favorite in the court of Béziers, and he needed hardly more to fall in love with Lady Alazais.

Fair days and sweet and rich in love
Are these when verdure springs anew,
And light of step and blithe I view
With gladness every opening flower,
And sing of love with hopefulness and cheer;
For morn or eve no care or thought comes near
Save thoughts of love, my joyous bosom thronging.

For I adore one far above
The fairest that I ever knew,--
So noble, too, so good, so true,
Her virtues e'en her charms o'ertower;
And this is why I tremble and I fear;
I cannot win her; yet, the more 't is clear,
The more I love, the keener is my longing.1

It was no base and selfish passion that he felt. The gathered energy of a loving and aspiring heart had simply found the directing it had long awaited. To love so beautiful a lady, one so exalted in station, so charming in manner, so graced with all the accomplishments of courtly life,--to his mind this was the only natural, the only reasonable course. For while the Greeks and Romans

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Table of contents

  • 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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