HUM-H390 — Saints, Sinners and Swords: Medieval European Literature — winter 2017–2018

This table shows what you should do for each classday; all work should be completed before the start of class on the date for which it’s listed. To put it another way, tests are listed on the day they will be given and assignments on the day they are due.

Week Nine
Monday, 6 February Medieval Song, day 1
Your assignment for today is to both read and listen to the following selections. You may either read the text before listening to each performance, or after, as you wish. Please use the versions linked below.
Sumer is Icumen in, performed by The Hilliard Ensemble. Both music and lyrics are at
To see the lyrics (both in Middle English and Modern English) click on the words show more below the video.
Miri it is while sumer ilast, performed by Ensemble Belladonna. Music, as well as lyrics in Middle English, Modern English, French and German translations, are at
Ay triste que vengo by Juan del Encina, performed by Aquitania. The musical performance is at
I can’t find a good version of the lyrics online, so I'll make my own and send them to you.
Douce Dame Jolie by Guillaume de Machaut, performed by the harpest, soprano and anonymous host of the youtube channel La Harpe de Melodie, and by mezzo-soprano Clare McNamara. Performance at
Lyrics can be seen by clicking on the words show more below the video.
In Taberana Quando Sumus, from the Carmina Burana, performed by The New London Consort. The performance is at
and lyrics with translation are at,
but do take a look at the lyrics in Latin to see the strong use of parallel structures that don’t show up as strongly in the translation.
Tuesday, 7 February Medieval Song, day 2
From the Downloadable PDF Troubadour Poems from the South of France, please read the poems corresponding to the following numbers: (note that these are not page numbers, nor pages of the PDF, these are the numbers assigned the poems by the editors of the collection.) 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 46, 47, 68, 78, 93, 95.
Thursday, 9 February Readings relating to medieval Arabic poetry from Andalusia will be handed out in class.
Friday, 10 February Project Two due date. This due date has been moved to Thursday of week 10.
Readings relating to medieval Arabic poetry from Andalusia will be handed out in class.