[Bards] An interesting challenge...

Genie Barrett ladymaggie at justinanimator.com
Wed Feb 27 15:23:18 PST 2008

Hello all,

I have been reading a bit in "Songs of the Women Trouveres" and found 
an interesting challenge.

It looks like they used to have competitions where someone would 
present a two sided argument, in verse and song, and then challenge 
someone to defend one of the sides, as the challenger defends the other.

For example...

I entreat you , Lady Margorie,
To debate against me.
A woman, innocent and tranquil,
Is loved dearly and faithfully,
And loves dearly in return,
This you should know with certainty;
But the one who loves her is such
That his desire
He dares not avow,
Thus it can never come to pass
That he will ever admit it to her.
Now, Please answer me truthfully,
Should she reveal her feelings
Or should she remain silent?

And then the two, using the same pattern and rhyme scheme (the French 
actually rimes) debate it with three verses and a summary each.

Does this type of thing interest anyone?  It might be fun for a 
bardic challenge at a Collegium or something.


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