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Hist 2B World History 1000 1700 CE W17 Instructor Joseph Figliulo Rosswurm Week 3 Papal Monarchy and the Crusades Bertran de Born The Joys of War From Trobador Poets Selections from the Poems of Eight Trobadors trans Barbara Smythe Cambridge Ontario In Parentheses Publications 2000 pp Bertran de Born d 1185 was a knight in the service of the bishop of P rigueux in southern France He is one of the most famous of the troubadours chivalric poets of love and war in 12th century France The poem starkly illustrates the lifestyle and values of medieval Europe s military elite the group that would lead crusading expeditions The Joys of War I love the spring tide of the year When leaves and blossoms do abound And well it pleases me to hear The birds that make the woods resound With their exulting voices And very well it pleases me Tents and pavilions pitched to see And oh my heart rejoices To see armed knights in panoply Of war on meadow and lea open ground I like to see men put to flight By scouts throughout the countryside I like to see armed for the fight A host of men together ride And my delight s unbounded When castles strong I see assailed And outworks defenses smashed whose strength has failed And near the walls surrounded By moats and by strong stakes enrailed The host that has the ramparts scaled And well I like a noble lord When boldly the attack he leads For he whenever he wields his sword Inspires his men by his brave deeds Their hearts with courage filling When tide of battle s at the flood Each soldier then in fighting mood To follow should be willing For no man in accounted good Till blows he s given and withstood Hist 2B World History 1000 1700 CE W17 Instructor Joseph Figliulo Rosswurm Axes and swords and spears and darts Shields battered in with many a blow We ll see when first the battle starts And clash of arms as foe meets foe The steeds warhorses of dead and dying Wildly will rush throughout the field And all who wish to be revealed As brave will ever be trying How best their axes they may wield For they would rather die than yield Not so much joy in sleep have I Eating and drinking please me less Than hearing on all sides the cry At them and horses riderless among the woodlands neighing And well I like to hear the call Of help and see the wounded fall Loudly for mercy praying And see the dead both great and small Pierced by sharp spear heads one and all Barons without delaying Pawn every city castle hall And never cease to fight and brawl Papiol a friend of de Born s make no staying Lord Yea and Nay de Born s lord the king of England go rouse and call Tell him this peace on me doth pall the peace makes de Born weary


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