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Ruth Harvey (Royal Holloway University): 'Courts and poets: "Troubadours et juristes"revisited.' (Seminari de recerca de l'ILCC)
19/10/2017 12:00
19/10/2017 14:00
Sala de l'ILCC (Fac. de Lletres, St. Domènec II, 5è pis)
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7a sessió del Seminari de recerca de l'ILCC

Ruth Harvey (Royal Holloway): 'Courts and poets: "Troubadours et juristes"revisited.'

‘Courts and poets: “Troubadours et juristes” revisited.’

The article published by the distinguished historian Paul Ourliac in 1966 remains one of the primary references for any enquiry into the influence of the law on the context, content and language of the troubadours, whether this concerns the historical and ideological sources of the feudal metaphor of fin’amor or the evolving courtly milieu in which the poets moved. In recent years, however, a number of studies have revised our view of particular aspects of the nature and role of legal agreements, processes, and experts in courts in Occitania. This paper will explore the extent to which these contributions modify Ourliac’s picture, and take a new look at the troubadour lyric as an expression of a court which was also a court of law.

Professor Ruth Harvey (BA, PhD London) is Professor Emerita of Medieval Occitan Literature at Royal Holloway University of London. She is the author of The Troubadour Marcabru and Love, a major critical edition of Marcabru's works (with Simon Gaunt and Linda Paterson), and articles on medieval Occitan literature and society. Her most recent book publication is a major collaborative edition of troubadour dialogue-songs, The Troubadour Tensos and Partimens (Cambridge 2010), and her current project is a study exploring Occitan court society and culture.