In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- In the 13 th century, French troubadours wrote love-thwarted tales in a poetry-prose mix.
- News of what scholars call the most famous scandal of 12 th century France spread through contemporary Europe by word of mouth, in poetry, and in the songs of troubadours.
- Provenal literature in the medieval period consisted chiefly of the lyric poetry composed by the troubadours for the feudal courts of the Midi, northern Italy, and Spain.
- The term buskers originates from an old French word for troubadours - minstrels, love singers or poets.
- Only the wealthy could afford elaborate tombs, commission altarpieces or frescos, or had the time and skills required to record the ballads sung by troubadours at court or peasants in the fields.
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