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‘I was such a lovely girl’

Barbara Newman: The Songs of the Medieval Troubadours

25 May 2006
Lark in the Morning: The Verses of the Troubadours 
translated by Ezra Pound, W.D. Snodgrass and Robert Kehew, edited by Robert Kehew.
Chicago, 280 pp., £35, May 2005, 0 226 42933 4
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Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads and Carols 
edited by John Hirsh.
Blackwell, 220 pp., £17.99, August 2004, 1 4051 1482 7
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An Anthology of Ancient and Medieval Woman’s Song 
edited by Anne Klinck.
Palgrave, 208 pp., £19.99, May 2004, 9781403963109
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... has recorded several discs (Bella Domna, The Courts of Love, ‘The Sweet Look and the Loving Manner’, all on Hyperion), and the Boston Camerata’s excellent Tristan et Iseult (Erato) includes some troubadour lyrics, among them the only extant melody by a woman. The Chaucer Studio’s Voicing Medieval Women (two CDs with a companion book, edited by ...

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