Excerpt from The Boke of Duke Huon of Burdeux: Done Into English
Chronicle may perhaps be looked upon as most closely resembling them. It is not until nearly the 11th century that professional poets or reciters are met with in French literature. We then find a class of men called jongleurs wandering from village to village, from castle to castle, chanting to the accompaniment of a little viol which they carried with them, stories of national or local heroes. It was under their inﬂuence that the detached poems were brought together. But hastily united either by themselves, or by professional poets who were known as trouveurs, they continued to be expanded or com pressed, often on the spur of the moment, as the prejudices of the jongleur or his audience demanded. Nor for nearly three centuries.
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