Poetry and Music in Medieval France: From Jean Renart to Guillaume de Machaut

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In Poetry and Music in Medieval France Ardis Butterfield examines French vernacular song in the Middle Ages. She begins with the moment when French song first survives in writing in the early thirteenth century, and examines a large corpus of works which combine elements of narrative and song, as well as a range of genres which cross between different musical and literary categories. Emphasising the cosmopolitan artistic milieu of Arras, Butterfield describes the wide range of contexts in which secular songs were...
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Overview

In Poetry and Music in Medieval France Ardis Butterfield examines French vernacular song in the Middle Ages. She begins with the moment when French song first survives in writing in the early thirteenth century, and examines a large corpus of works which combine elements of narrative and song, as well as a range of genres which cross between different musical and literary categories. Emphasising the cosmopolitan artistic milieu of Arras, Butterfield describes the wide range of contexts in which secular songs were quoted and copied, including narrative romances, satires and love poems. She uses manuscript evidence to shed light on medieval perceptions of how music and poetry were composed and interpreted. The volume is copiously illustrated to demonstrate the rich visual culture of medieval French writing and music. This interdisciplinary study will be of interest to both literary and musical scholars of late medieval culture.
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"An immensely useful and illuminating study...going well beyond what others have done." French Studies

"Ardis Butterfield has created a profoundly incisive text exploring the relationship between poetry and music in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century France. The beautifully illustrated volume has much to offer: thorough scholarship in the text, a fine appendix, glossary, and bibliography, as well as an index." Arthuriana

"Ardis Butterfield's new book on poetry and music in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France gives one hope for the bright future of medieval studies. Not only does it act upon the interdisciplinarity its title preaches, but it also builds and improves on an already venerable musico-philological study [...] Butterfield's new book has shown us the rich musico-literary potential of these late French medieval repertories by offering up a model of the kind of interdisciplinary study required from now on." Notes and Queries

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Ardis Butterfield is a Lecturer in English at University College, London. She has published widely on French and English literary and musical history. Her articles have appeared in Medium Aevum and Plainsong and Medieval Music.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Pt. I Text and performance
1 Song and written record in the early thirteenth century
2 The sources of song: charisonniers, narratives, dance-song
3 The performance of song in Jean Renart's Rose
Pt. II The boundaries of genre
4 The refrain
5 Refrains in context: a case study
6 Contrafacta: from secular to sacred in Gautier de Coinci and later thirteenth-century writing
Pt. III The location of culture
7 'Courtly' and 'popular' in the thirteenth century
8 Urban culture: Arras and the puys
9 The cultural contexts of Adam de la Halle: Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion
Pt. IV Modes of inscription
10 Songs in writing: the evidence of the manuscripts
11 Chant/fable: Aucassin et Nicolette
12 Writing music, writing poetry: Le Roman de Fauvel in Paris BN fr. 146
Pt. V Lyric and narrative
13 The two Roses: Machaut and the thirteenth century
14 Rewriting song: chanson, motet, salut, and dit
15 Citation and authorship from the thirteenth to the fourteenth century
Pt. VI Envoy: the new art
16 The Formes fixes: from Adam de la Halle to Guillaume de Machaut
Epilogue
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