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

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FOIX

Peire d'Alvernhe. Rogier Bernart III., Count of Foix

CARCASSONNE to Foix,--a journey from star to star past the wall of heaven.

Down from the Pyrenees comes the swift Aude, carrying jauntily a load of earth twice as heavy as the Rhone's,1 and our course--turning south from Carcassonne--climbed its valley, until the railway ended at the ruined castle and rambling town of Quillan.

According to Humboldt the Basque name of the Pyrenees is Murua, a wall, and it was literally a wall that soon confronted us; for about three miles above Quillan, still ascending an easy slope, we found ourselves face to face with a colossal barrier of grey rock supporting a titanic staircase to the sky, every step a mountain, and every mountain topped off with pointed crags. No hills concealed the magnificent buttresses of the range; not even a foot-path dared to scale the precipices; and, while water always ends by having its way, we discovered the Aude issuing from beyond through a cleft so very narrow that the little river was grievously vexed and troubled to get through at all.

That was well enough--at a pinch--for the river, but what were we to do? At last we espied a door in the mountain. There was no Arabic inscription above or near it, but it seemed an affair of magic none the less.

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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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