AUDEFROI LE BATARD, French trouvère, flourished at the
end of the 12th century and was born at Arras. Of his life nothing
is known. The seigneur de Nesles, to whom some of his songs
are addressed, is probably the châtelain of Bruges who joined
the crusade of 1200. Audefroi was the author of at least five
lyric romances: Argentine, Belle Idoine, Belle Isabeau, Belle
Emmelos and Béatrix. These romances follow older chansons
in subject, but the smoothness of the verse and beauty of detail
hardly compensate for the spontaneity of the shorter form.
See A. Jeanroy, Les Origines de la poésie lyrique en France au moyen
âge (Paris, 1889).
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