I’ve divided this article into two parts.
Part One will give you the background information you’ll need to fully appreciate Part Two. Context is everything! If you already know what a troubadour is, feel free to skip ahead to Part Two.
Part Two is where the really good stuff is. It can be read alone, but I would suggest reading Part One first if you’re not very familiar with medieval or music history.
Part One: The Medieval Musician
Think about everything you know about medieval musicians. Dig deep. Picture it. What image first comes to mind?
Perhaps you’re thinking of a bard or minstrel in a tavern, plucking away on a lute singing songs of love and chivalry? If so, you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, though modern depictions of these minstrels in movies, books and video games only capture a tiny (and highly romanticized) piece of the music world of the Middle Ages. The real story is…
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