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When did this woman write?

  1. before 1200

  2. 1200-1399

  3. 1400-1599

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  4. 1600-1799

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  5. 1800-present

  1. Oct 9, 2005 #1


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    Of late I've been in great distress
    about a knight I thought was mine.
    I want it known for all of time
    that though I loved him to excess,
    his pleasure with me I delayed,
    and was on that account betrayed!
    It makes me wild: my mind can't rest
    whether I'm in bed or dressed.
    I'd like it well if I caressed
    him with my naked arms. He'd get
    excited if I merely let
    him feel the softness of my breast;
    and he'd delight me even more
    than Floris once did Blanchaflor!
    I'd offer him my every part,
    my mind, my senses, and my heart.
    When, my gallant handsome friend -
    when shall I have you in my power?
    I'll lie beside you and my tender
    kiss will bring your love to flower.
    I would be greatly comforted
    to have you in my husband's stead,
    but only if you swear to do
    everything I wish you to!

    the original:

    Estat ai en greu cossirier
    per un cavallier qu'ai agut,
    e vuoil sia totz temps saubut
    cum ieu l'ai amat a sobrier;
    ara vei qu'ieu sui trahida
    car ieu non li donei m'amor
    don ai estat en gran error
    en lieig e quand sui vestida.
    Ben volria mon cavallier
    tener un ser en mos bratz nut,
    qu'el s'en tengra per ereubut
    sol qu'a lui fezes cosseillier;
    car plus m'en sui abellida
    no fetz Floris de Blanchaflor:
    ieu l'autrei mon cor e m'amor
    mon sen, mos huoillis e ma vida.
    Bels amics avinens e bos,
    cora·us tenrai en mon poder?
    e que jagues ab vos un ser
    e qu'ie·us des un bais amoros;
    sapchatz, gran talen n'auria
    qu'ie·us tengues en luoc del marit,
    ab so que m'aguessetz plevit
    de far tot so qu qu'ieu volria.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2005
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  3. Oct 9, 2005 #2


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    I'll have to hold off on this one, because I'm actually familiar with the poem, so it wouldn't really be a guess.
  4. Oct 9, 2005 #3


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    I remember bits and pieces of this but can't remember if it is 12th century or the 1200's. I'll go with 1200's.
  5. Oct 9, 2005 #4


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    I'm with Evo on this.

    Not exactly your run-of-the-mill "virtuous love" poem, is it?
  6. Oct 10, 2005 #5
    I'll say before the 1200s. Countess Dia or Diaz...I forgot...:uhh:

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