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date: 14 November 2019

Bodel, Jehanlocked

  • Theodore Karp


(bc1165; d between Oct 1, 1209 and Feb 2, 1210). French trouvère. Though a poet by profession, he may have been attached to the magistracy of Arras as sergeant. He apparently enjoyed the protection of the mayor, Sauwalon Huchedieu, and other wealthy people. He was an original, versatile and influential writer whose works include the Chanson de Saisnes (a long epic dealing with Charlemagne), nine fabliaux, the Jeu de Saint Nicolas and the Congés (in which he bade farewell to his friends and native city after contracting leprosy in 1202, a circumstance that prevented his joining the Fourth Crusade). Of musical interest are a group of five pastourelles, ascribed to Bodel chiefly in the Manuscrit du Roi (F-Pn fr.844). However, owing to the loss of a folio in this source, most melodies are unica in the Chansonnier de Noailles (F-Pn fr.12615). Except for Les un pin verdoiant...

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