Bertran de Born

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Bertran de Born


Born circa 1140, in Born-de-Salignac, Limousin; died circa 1215, at the Dalon Monastery in Dordogne. Troubadour from Provence.

Bertran de Born participated in the internecine wars. At the end of his life he became a monk. Up to 45 of his verses are extant. The poet’s fame is due to his sirventés (verses of a polemical nature) which celebrate martial exploits and feudal disorders and glorify the cult of the fist and the sword. The legendary personality of Bertran de Born has attracted the attention of many writers.


Poésies complètes. Edited by A. Thomas. Toulouse, 1888.
Die Lieder. Newly published by C. Appel. Halle, 1932.
In Russian translation:
Khrestomatiia po zarubezhnoi literature: Literatura srednikh vekov. Compiled by B. I. Purishev and R. O. Shor. Moscow, 1953. Pages 132, 143.


Istoriia frantsuzskoi literatury, vol. 1. Moscow-Leningrad, 1946. Pages 90–91.
Strónski, St. La Légende amoureuse de Bertran de Born. Paris, 1914.
Appel, C. Bertran von Born. Halle, 1931.
Winkler, E. Studien zur politischen Dichtung der Romanen: 1. Das altprovenzialische Sirventés. Berlin, 1941.
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