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date: 13 December 2019

Conon [Quennon, Quenes] de Béthunelocked

  • Theodore Karp

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(bc1160; d Dec 17, 1219 or 1220). French trouvère. He was the fifth son of Robert V (‘le Roux’), seigneur of Béthune, and Alix de Saint-Pol; his birthplace was presumably Béthune. As a young man he is known to have spent time at the French court. His name may be traced in documents from 1180. The chansons Ahi, amours, con dure departie and Bien me deüsse targier, apparently written in 1188, indicate that he prepared for the Third Crusade (1188–92). In Bien me deüsse targier he named Huon d'Oisi as his teacher; Huon, who died at the siege of Acre in 1191, reproached Conon in one of his own songs (R.1030) for having left the crusade prematurely. Two chansons by Blondel de Nesle are dedicated to Conon. Chançon legiere a entendre is dedicated to Noblet (Guillaume V de Garlande), a friend of Gace Brulé. It is likely that Conon also knew the Chastelain de Couci, another trouvère who participated in the Third Crusade. Conon took part in the Fourth Crusade (...

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