By: Guthrie, Ramon

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(no dust jacket) [moderate overall wear, spine slightly turned, gilt lettering on front cover rubbed away, spine lettering rubbed but still readable, one-time owner's signature on ffep]. Subtitled, rather extensively, "The chronicle of a foundling who spoke evil of women and of love and followed unawed the paths of arrogance until they led to madness; and of his dealings with women and of ribald words, the which brought him repute as a great rascal and as a great singer." The Foreword goes on to explain that "Marcabrun was, with William IX of Aquitaine and Cercamon (though slightly anterior to these two), one of the first of the troubadours. Thirteenth century manuscripts tell us that 'he made caitiff verses and wicked sirventes and spoke evil of women and of love' and that 'in the end he was killed by the castellans of Guyenne of whom he had spoken much evil.' This book is made largely of material gleaned from such of his poems as are still extant." [The only thing that remains unclear to me is whether the title character was an actual historical figure or a fictional creation; my instinct tells me the latter,but I'll happily accept correction from anyone more knowledgeable.]

Title: Marcabrun

Author: Guthrie, Ramon

Categories: Fiction: Vintage,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, George H. Doran Company: (c.1926)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 7046

Keywords: Troubadours Gascony Poets First Novel Historical Fiction