My name is [Whoever] and I am a senior [in high school]. In our English class we are required to write a twelfth-year research paper. I have chosen the topic of comparing and contrasting the work and lifestyles of medieval minstrels, troubadors, jongleurs, and trouveres. Besides the usual paper/Internet sources of information, we are required to interview an expert for our papers.
Well, I'm generally an expert on medieval lit, but not a specialist on troubadours ... but I know there are lots of Wordhoarders out there who know more on this topic than you can imagine. So, I call on the collective Vahalla of medievalists to respond to this young woman's six questions:
- How did poems and styles of stories differ between medieval entertainers?
- Where would minstrels and troubadors perform their lyric poems?
- Were minstrels literate? Could they read and write music? Explain.
- How were troubadors trained? By their own families? Were they apprenticed to masters? Were they trained in guilds?
- What was the level of education of jongleurs? Were they often self-taught?
- What other important ideas about my topic can you tell me that I have failed to ask you for?