Lombarda (b. 1190)

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Lombarda (b. 1190)

Troubadour of Provence. Born in 1190 in Toulouse.

A poet of Provence in southern France, Lombarda came from Toulouse. Little is known about the details of her life; she married in her teens, and gained a reputation for writing beautiful love poetry. Her troubadour-lover was Bernart Arnaut, a petty noble who became count of Armagnac in 1217, with whom she composed at least one tenson (poem written as a dialogue) which still exists. Lombarda was also a noted proponent of Catharism (also known as Albigensianism), a heretical religious sect popular in southern France during the 12th century.

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