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Patrons Of Poetry: Rouen’s Confraternity Of The Immaculate Conception Of Our Lady

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The Consistori del Gay Saber (Consistory of Joyous Knowledge) had its beginning in the promotional idea of seven amateur troubadours from among the burghers and lesser nobility of Toulouse. Major changes seem to have taken place in the rules of the annual contest in the period from 1484 (last entry in the Registre de Galhac) to 1498. A gathering of fourteen manuscript pages, perhaps part of a lost register, includes a poem that is supposed to have won the prize of the "eglantine nouvelle" (new wild rose) awarded by Lady Clemence ("Dona Clamenca") in 1498. By the beginning of the sixteenth century, the cause of upholding and trying to continue a prestigious tradition of troubadour verse had been lost. The French rhétoriqueurs predominated, and the very name Consistori del Gay Saber was changed to Collège de la Science et Art de Rhétorique (College of the Science and Art of Rhetoric).

Keywords: Consistori del Gay Saber; Toulouse



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