Vittorio Formentin, Antonio Ciaralli

A fragment of a vernacular «chanson de femme» from the early Middle Ages

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Keywords: early Romance poetry; early popular poetry; early Italian poetry; chansons de femme; cantigas de amigo

This article studies and publishes a fragment – presumably the beginning – of a poetic text whose thematic and formal features can be traced back to the lyrical genre known as the «chanson de femme». The handwritten fragment, which can be dated to the late 9th or early 10th century, is found in the margin of an 8th century manuscript held in the University Library of Würzburg. It is a linguistically Italian (micro)text that reveals precise points of contact with the later Galician-Portuguese tradition of the cantigas de amigo, and therefore demonstrates the existence of an ancient pan-Romance reservoir of popular poetry that was best conserved over time in the Iberian Peninsula.

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