This website serves as an unofficial chansonnier—that is, a book or collection of songs and poems—of several troubadours (who may style themselves singers, musicians, poets, bards, minstrels, and sundry other names) throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism. In addition to songs and poems, this site also presents prose fiction and research essays from the society's talented participants. There should be a little bit of something for everyone: entertainment, education, distraction. Hopefully you will find at least one of these to bring you some enjoyment. Check back often, as well, to see what further troubadours (and various works) have been added to the virtual leaves of this folio.
Hey, Ho, there she goes,
down to sit 'neath the old willow.
There to sing, and there to sew,
Sweet young Anders Widow.
Never was a maid who kept house yet,
who'd woo the beast or tame the mule.
RAZO: In whatever way he could Bryce de Byram was always stirring up trouble, for it is said that En Bryce loved war and strife more than most men. He called King Anton of Atlantia the Old Bear, and wrote many Sirventes... more
I want to make a sirventes of the two kings:
Logan, that Blackheart!, and Lucan, bold king of the East!
Soon shall we see them draw up the levies and turn out the knights
Armour polished as mirrors, bright as stars,
With minds... more
The earl has called our spears to the wall
(Bright helms and hauberk don again, don again!)
Lift the banner, answer the call
The life of arms to live again, live again!
Charge, charge, charge to the wall!
Let your... more
Olivier de Bayonne is a trobador from southwestern Gascony during the mid-twelfth century. Falling on hard times during his youth, he sold his poetic skills to a traveling Saxon joglar and his wife (Efenwealt Wystle and Aenor d'Anjou), both of whom entertained the English court. Coming to the fair shores of Atlantia, Olivier took up the sword as well as the song in order to try and prosper far better than he did in southwestern France and Catalonia, following the fashion of young noblemen at home in Occitania. This has served him well, for he was recognized by the Atlantian monarchs as a worthy trobador and made a member of the Order of the Laurel.