Category:Fictional bards, minstrels, and troubadours

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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.

Troubadour

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


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