The Book of the True Tale (Le Livre dou Voir Dit)

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

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Guillaume de Machaut, a pivotal 14th-century French musician-poet, played a key role in the ars nova movement trend and enriched musical forms like the motet, rondel, and ballade. He studied in Reims and served John I of Luxembourg and later the Duc de Berry. He left a lasting legacy on composers and poets like Christine de Pisan and Chaucer. Guillaume de Machaut’s Le Livre dou Voir Dit (“The Book of the True Poem”) narrates an account, possibly autobiographical, of the author’s romantic correspondence with a young woman named Péronne d’Armentières. This work blends poetry and prose, offering a rich tapestry of musical and literary forms. It encapsulates the ideals of courtly love while also providing personal insights into Machaut’s own emotional experiences. The text is notable for its exploration of love’s complexities and the poignancy of human relationships.

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Kline, A. S.

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