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The Lesbian Historic Motif Project: Medieval Love Poetry

March 25, 2017

The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast

Episode 8 - Medieval Love Poetry

This episode looks at examples of courtly love--both in poetry and in prose--expressed between two women, or by two female characters.


In this episode we talk about

  • The context and conventions of the “courtly love” genre
  • The problems of relating the sentiments expressed in courtly love literature to everyday lives and experiences
  • Scholarly blind spots when interpreting same-sex expressions of courtly love
  • Love, desire, and friendship between women in the 13th century French story L’Escoufle
  • The 13th century troubariz (female troubador) Bieiris de Romans and the love poem she wrote to a woman named Maria
  • A passionate poem of love and longing written by one anonymous 12th century German woman to another


More info

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The full text of Na Maria by Bieris de Romans can be found in:

  • Bogin, Meg. 1976. The Women Troubadours. Paddington Press, Ltd., New York. ISBN 0-8467-0113-8

The full text of the Tegernsee MS poem can be found in:

  • Matter, E. Ann. 1989. “My Sister, My Spouse: Woman-Identified Women in Medieval Christianity” in Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality, eds. Judith Plaskow & Carol P. Christ. Harper & Row, San Francisco.

You may be able to read the relevant pages of these works through Google Books.

This podcast topic is discussed in one or more entries of the Lesbian Historic Motif Project here:


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