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Okay, so I haven't put any words on here yet, but the idea is that any terminology that seemed confusing to you or to a lot of us or that you feel is likely to show up again should go here. Don't put the big concepts, like "What is a Grail" or "Who was Merlin" here.




trouvere- In the Northern French (langue d'oil) the form of the word troubadour as spelled in the langue d'oc (Southern French) of the Middle Ages. The first known trouvere was Chretien de Troyes. The trouveres represent aristocratic music--as opposed to jongeurs (jugglers) or minstrals.They were often kings, queens, and countesses. For example William IX of Aquitaine (Eleanor's grandfather) is often listed as the first troubadour.


cortezia- A literary religion of chaste love, idealized woman, and their particular 'piety.'


joy d'amour- The detailed rites of initiation and the rhetoric of the troubadours with morals of homage and service to one's lady, including theology and disputes.


epideictic- In logic directly proving by argument; in linguistics serving to point out or simplify. From Greek, deitkos, able to show directly.


courtly love- A term first used by Gaston Paris in an 1883 article describing the chivalrous and noble love of a kinight for his lady, usually not his wife. This love had rules, courts, and was created in the south of France.

fin'amours- The proper term for the concept of love propounded by the Provencal troubadours.

chastitity tests- Not what it sounds like but rather testing a knight's 'courtesey' and its' noble intentions toward his lady,

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