The Remedy for Fortune (Le Remede de Fortune)

Machaut, Guillaume de (c. 1300–1377), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Guillaume de Machaut, prominent in 14th century France, was a leading poet-composer associated with the ars nova musical trend. He enhanced the motet and forms such as the rondel and ballade. After his education in Reims, he served John I of Luxembourg and later Jean, Duc de Berry. By 1337, he was a canon in Reims, dedicating his time to composition, writing, and managing his collections. Besides his musical achievements, he wrote prose, narrative poetry, and notable works like the Prologue and Le Livre dou Voir Dit, detailing a possible romantic association with poet Péronne d’Armentières. Influential figures like Christine de Pisan and Chaucer were impacted by his works. Le Remede de Fortune, translated from Old French, describes a lover’s journey to contentment through resilience. One notable feature is the description of the wonders of the park at the castle of Hesdin - filled with marvellous mechanisms and devices - built by Count Robert II of Artois (1250-1302) in 1288.

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Kline, A. S.

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