Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours

Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadours

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Before France became France its territories included Occitania, roughly the present-day province of Languedoc. The city of Narbonne was a center of Occitanian commerce and culture during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. For most of the second half of the twelfth century, that city and its environs were ruled by a remarkable woman, Ermengard, who negotiated her city's way through a maze of ever changing dynastic alliances. Fredric L. Cheyette's masterful and beautifully illustrated book is a biography of an extraordinary warrior woman and of a unique, vulnerable, doomed society Ermengard roamed Occitania receiving oaths of fidelity, negotiating treaties, set thing disputes among the lords of her lands, and camping with her armies before the walls of besieged cities. She was born into a world of politics and warfare, but from the Mediterranean to the North Sea her name echoed in songs that treated the arts of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 520 pages
  • 176 x 247.1 x 37.3mm | 961.62g
  • Cornell University Press
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • 9 maps, 21 halftones, 5 line drawings, 3 tables
  • 0801439523
  • 9780801439520
  • 775,765

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"This study of Ermengard and her world is an original and valuable contribution to our knowledge of an admirable woman -- in the end an immensely sad figure- and of the endangered culture in which she lived. . . . Cheyette says he meant this book 'to be read, not consulted, ' and as a common reader with an amateur interest in that culture and its long shelf life, which continues into our own time and literature, I am indebted to him."show more

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