According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, a troubadour is a lyric poet of southern France, northern Spain, and northern Italy. The word troubadour is a French form derived from the word trobar, “to find,” “to invent.”
Troubadours flourished from the late 11th to the late 13th century. Their social influence was unprecedented in the history of medieval poetry. Favored at the courts, they had great freedom of speech, occasionally intervening even in the political arena. Their great achievement, however, was to create around the ladies of the court an aura of cultivation and amenity that nothing before had been approached. Troubadour poetry formed one of the most brilliant schools that ever flourished, and it was to influence all later European lyrical poetry.
Will this troubadour write lyrical poetry? Perhaps. Will she “find” and “invent”? Most assuredly. Will she create an aura of cultivation and amenity around the ladies and (gentlemen) of the…
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