Uc de Saint Circ [Saint Sixt]
- Ian R. Parker
(b Thégra, nr Rocamadour, 1190; dc1253). Troubadour. He was the younger son of a poor vavasour and was active in Toulouse and certain courts in Spain before travelling to Italy in about 1218. He appears to have married in Italy and worked in the courts of Turin, Treviso and Auramala. He wrote the vida of Bernart de Ventadorn, and has been credited with many others. He composed a few chansons before his marriage but concentrated thereafter on sirventes, tensos and strophic exchanges (see Jeu-parti). His partners included Guillem of Baus, 4th Count of Orange, the Count of Rodez and probably Raimondo III of Turin. Only three of his 43 surviving songs have melodies (Anc enemics qu’eu agues, PC 457.3; Nuls hom no sap d’amic, tro l’a perdut, PC 457.26; Tres enemics e dos mals seignors ai, PC 457.40): all are in a regular ...