The literature of feudal society

  • David Herlihy
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The troubadour lyric poetry of southern France was written in a great variety of forms. The most important were the canso or “song,” usually dealing with love; the tenso, or debate, again usually on a point of love; the sirventes, or poem dealing with political, religious or moral topics; and the alba, or “dawn song,” which describes the parting of lovers at sunrise. The poets also produced a wide variety of verse and rime schemes, as it was felt that a metrical pattern once used should not be repeated.


Green Grass Feudal Society Wide Land Common Folk Heroic Epic 
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