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    minstrel and troubadour

    good evening,
    I have a question regarding the above words.
    Is there any difference between them?

    thank you.

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    Re: minstrel and troubadour

    Both are mediaeval terms.

    A minstrel was a musician and/or singer; a troubadour was a performing poet who composed and sang in Provençal, especially on the theme of courtly love.

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    Re: minstrel and troubadour


    minstrel (n) = wandering musician of the Middle Ages, often of low status.

    Minstrels are distinguished from the troubadours, who were educated amateur poets of higher social rank.
    Initially, minstrels were simply servants at Court (the name means literally "little servant"), and entertained the lord and courtiers with chansons de geste or their local equivalent. They were attached to a court to play or sing the songs of the troubadours or trouvères who employed them.

    The troubadours, mostly aristocratic poets rather than wandering minstrels or jongleurs, flourished in the period 1100–1350, composing elaborate lyrics of courtly love which had an extensive influence on Western poetry and culture.




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