The Women Troubadours

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An introduction to the women poets of 12th-century Provence and a collection of their poems.
This is the first twentieth-century study of the women troubadours who flourished in Southern France between 1150 and 1250?the great period of troubadour poetry. The book is comprised of a full-length essay on women in the Middle Ages, twenty-three poems by the women troubadours themselves in the original Provencal ...

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Overview

An introduction to the women poets of 12th-century Provence and a collection of their poems.
This is the first twentieth-century study of the women troubadours who flourished in Southern France between 1150 and 1250—the great period of troubadour poetry. The book is comprised of a full-length essay on women in the Middle Ages, twenty-three poems by the women troubadours themselves in the original Provencal with translations on facing pages, a capsule biography of each poet, notes, and reading list.

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Editorial Reviews

Adrienne Rich
“Meg Bogin has unearthed one of the strongest and loveliest of the varied fragments of women's culture. Her translations . . . will delight any woman who cares about our creative tradition.”
Muriel Rukeyser
“Meg Bogin has lit the poems of the women of an earlier age . . . and given them to us in their full power.”
Marina Warner - Manchester Guardian
“Meg Bogin rescues from neglect the women poets who wrote beside the more famous male troubadours of courtly love in Southern France. . . . The strength of her presentation lies in her case for the sudden emergence of these 'first female voices' in twelfth-century feudal Languedoc.”
Janet Beeler - American Poetry Review
“A study that fascinates. . . . A thorough and insightful tribute to those women . . . who left for us a few, clarion, powerful love poems.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393009651
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1980
  • Series: Norton Paperback Series
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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