Guilhem de Tudela, Canso de la Crozada [Song of the Albigensian Crusade]

Geneviève Young (King's College London)
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Canso de la crozada

, also known as the 

Chanson de la Croisade albigeoise


Song of the Albigensian Crusade

], is a verse narrative in Old Occitan comprising 214 


[stanzas] of varying length amounting to roughly 9500 lines. The poem was composed in two distinct parts, the first attributed to Guilhem de Tudela, and the second to an anonymous continuator commonly referred to as the Anonymous. Guilhem’s contribution, which accounts for the first 2700 lines, was composed between 1210 and 1213 and covers the events of 1208 through 1213. The Anonymous takes up and completes the poem between 1228 and 1229, picking up the narrative events from 1213 through 1219 (Martin-Chabot xi-xii; Zink 16–22). Both Guilhem and the Anonymous were likely clerics, well educated, with deep…

1910 words

Citation: Young, Geneviève. "Canso de la Crozada". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 May 2023 [, accessed 12 June 2024.]

41138 Canso de la Crozada 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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