Jaufre Rudel

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  • Judith M. Davis (Goshen College )

A longed-for love, half a world away: that subject gained for the troubadour Jaufre Rudel a lasting place in medieval songbooks as well as in the legends of his time and ours. A nobleman of Blaye in southwest France, he was dispossessed of his lands by his overlord, Guillem IX of Aquitaine (1071-1126) who “seized the Blaye stronghold and levelled its walls and tower” (Rosenstein 503) when Jaufre was in his twenties. Virtually nothing else is known about him except that he composed his songs of spiritual and political exile during the second quarter of the twelfth century. A highly romanticized account of his life, or vida, written during the thirteenth century, created a biography from six songs he wrote about his love. A …

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M. Davis, Judith. "Jaufre Rudel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 November 2006
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