a collection of literature from poets, bards, songwriters, and skalds in the SCA


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.

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The Hound bays for a sirventes
And so I set aside the blade,
And the good lance
To hunt with the pen.
The Duke complains when his name
Is not mentioned amongst the great,
And who indeed remembers... more

M’amor, eu atendo,
Me da gran coidado.
Magdalena, vos amo!

Morria, vos digo,
Se no lh’ é comigo.
Magdalena, vos amo!

Me da gran coidado
Quant’ ei alongado.... more

A fin senhor,
Mi bella fror,
Sois la ben talhada.
De mi amor
No é melhor
Que seu vou namorada.
Mia renha
Por todo de mi coraçon.
Mia renha,
Day m’a senha,
E me... more

Hwaet! His fair name Harold do we hail, highest of the hlafords, our heahcyning.
Honored the oath-keepers all, offered rings to bind the oath.
Wyrd wove him into those ways; War and weeping were his lot.... more

Blood-worm bound to battle,
Bring to us a kindom.
Sing the sweetest death song;
Send unending crow cries. 

May the Midrealm prosper;
May the dragon never die. 

Swing yous sturdy short-swords;... more


Lady Finnech's songs are most often heard on the battlefield or late at night around a campfire, where fighters and their supporters (beloved inspirations, escudiers, and the like) are most often found rejoicing in celebration after a day of honor and glory. Her melodies are as memorable as her verses, and the cadences she uses makes it all the easier for one to pick up on the nature of a song and join in as it is being performed.

Finnech's website:

Recent Forum Posts

by olivier
Linda Paterson (author of The World of the Troubadours and many other scholarly publications on troubadour-era literature and culture) and a team of colleagues have put a number of Crusade lyrics online: more
by olivier
Welcome to the overhauled website and to this forum in particular. Please feel free to post about anything remotely interesting that you think might be relevant for the site.