Category:Fictional bards, minstrels, and troubadours

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Engraving of a troubadour, 1624.
Engraving of a troubadour, 1624, from Discours sur les arcs triomphaux dressés en la ville d'Aix (Speech on the triumphal arches erected in the city of Aix)
Popular usage shuffles these three terms interchangeably and so they are lumped together here, but they each do have a distinct meaning.

Bard

A professional story teller, poet, and composer, employed by a wealthy/powerful patron to compose praises to his patron. Also skalds, rhapsodes, and scops.

Minstrel

Originally, any kind of medieval European entertainer. From the sixteenth century, it came to mean just singers who also played musical instruments. Also jongleurs.

Later, in the United States, it came to mean a specific type of live show with white performers in blackface interspersing songs and racist comedy bits.

Troubadour

A composer and performer of Old Occitan lyric poetry during the High Middle Ages (1100–1350)


This category also covers any itinerant poets or strolling minstrels, such as gleemen, circlers, or cantabanks.


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