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Chanterai pour mon coraige
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With its candid references to loss and sexual longing, this poem is a reminder of the human cost of crusading. There were emotional ties to be broken, perhaps for ever, both to loved ones and to inherited ancestral lands; there were expiatory donations to be made to local religious houses for the securing of Masses and prayers; resources had to be mustered, at great expense, for long-distance travel on a war footing. A crusade was not a project to be joined by impoverished opportunists seeking land and booty, but by knights of substance with lands, households and prudent marriages either made or pending (see lines 17-20). This song is remarkable, but not without parallel, for its expression of a woman’s loss of her lover to a crusade (lines 43-44 probably allude to pregnancy) but the author was almost certainly male. Chanterai pour mon coraige is either anonymous in the sources or is attributed to Guiot de Dijon. Guiot is a man’s name, a diminutive form of Gui. There is one attribution, in MS C, to a ‘Dame de Fayel’, but the attributions in chansonnier C are often unreliable, and ‘Dame de Fayel’ is the name of a fictional character in the well-known Old French Roman du Chastelain de Couci et la Dame de Fayel.

from notes by Christopher Page © 1998

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67039 track 7
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-98-03907
Duration
6'14
Recording date
17 January 1998
Recording venue
Boxgrove Priory, Chichester, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Jerusalem, Vision of Peace (CDA67039)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: October 1998
    Deletion date: March 2014
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