Secular Latin Lyrics and Minor Poetic Forms of the Middle Ages
A Historical Survey and Literary Repertory from the Tenth to the Early Thirteenth Century. Volume Three
580 p., 150 x 230 mm, 1994
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With the completion of this volume the historical survey and repertory of medieval Latin poetry has reached the threshold of the thirteenth century. This volume contains materials related to the oeuvre of some of the most important lyricists of the twelfth century, side by side with representatives of the ars versificatoria. Comprehensive surveys are devoted here to songs of the crusades, to poems dealing with Church reform, criticism of moral and intellectual conditions of the age, as well as to love poetry which all reached their pinnacle in the second half of the twelfth century. Two political leaders dominate the age, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and King Henry II of england butthere are also outstanding poets whose poetry remains outside the courtly structures.
Contents: The Age of Frederick Barbarossa, Crusaders's Songs, Church Reform, Contemporaries and Contrasts, Love Poetry, Poets Around 1160, King Henry II of England and Poetry of his Age, Poetry Collections and Editions, Musical Culture, Vernacular and Latin Poetry, Notre Dame Conductus, Conductus and the Contemporary World, Transition to the Thirteenth Century, Index Versuum ac Rhythmorum, Frequently Used Titles.
Professor Jan M. Ziolkowski (Harvard University) in Speculum:
"As a doyen of contemporary hymnodists Szövérffy has been indefatigable in piecing together the literary history of medieval Latin hymns and in charting the bibliography of both primary and secondary sources ... Readers will be grateful once again to J. Szövérffy for having put his decades of erudition at their disposal. As anyone who has delved into medieval Latin hymnody knows, the only histories of the genre that have been written over the past thirty years have been the work of this one person."