A medieval epic poet in northern France in the 11th-14th centuries.
- Reciters of epic poetry in the bardic tradition can loosely be described as minstrels, as can the instrumentalists who worked alongside the troubadours, trouvères, and Minnesinger.
- This song is an example of the ballade, one of the formes fixes, song patterns favored by the troubadours and trouvères and carried on by polyphonic song composers in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
- The trouvères were always ready to devise variations within set and accepted traditions.
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