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The Medieval French Pastourelle Tradition: Poetic Motivations and Generic Transformations

Geri L. Smith


One of the most popular genres created and performed by Medieval troubadours and trouvères was the pastourelle. Though it varied greatly in its details, the genre was dominated by the following theme: a passing knight encounters and attempts to seduce a shepherdess who, in turn, defends herself against his advances in a variety of ways. The brilliance of the artists who manipulated the genre was revealed in their ability to innovate, synthesize, and elaborate upon the constraints of the form. This book examines the genre in the hands of three Medieval masters: Adam de la Halle, Jean Froissart, ... More

Keywords: Medieval troubadours, trouvères, pastourelle, knight, shepherdess, Adam de la Halle, Jean Froissart, Christine de Pizan, Middle Ages, genre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033365
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geri L. Smith, author
United States Military Academy, West Point