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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I.

THE END OP COURT-POETRY.

Causes of decline — Enfances — Revolutionary spirit — Cyclical
poems—Franco-Italian epics—French patriotic verse—Romans
tiCAventureCento Notelle Antiche— The Avoenturoso Cicili-
ano—The Reali di Francia—German epics—Icelandic rimur
Fornsijgur and li/pisGgur—English romances—Alliterative
poetry—Scottish romances—The Bruce—Laurence Minot

CHAPTER IT.

TOWN-VER8E AND FOLK-SONO.

Decline of the Troubadour art—The Leys tit'Amors—Legend of
Clemence Isaure—Old Portuguese poetry—Catalonian verse—
German love of song — The Meistersingers— Volkslieder
Minnesingers in legend—Rcimsprechcr—The Low Countries
-English minstrels—Welsh bards—Robin Hood — Scottish
ballads- North French puis—Italy .... 60

THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.

CHAPTER I.

THE END OF COURT-POETRY.

Causes Of Decline' Enfances 'Revolutionary SpiritCyclical PoemsFranco-italian EpicsFrench Patriotic VerseRomans D'aventcre —' Cento Novelle Antiche' — Thb 'Avventuroso Ciciliano'The 'Reali Di Francia'German EpicsIcelandic RimuhFornsiigur And Lyoi9oour English Romances AlLiterative PoetryScottish RomancesThe 'eruce*Laurence

MINOT.

How came the old poetry—epic, romance, minnesong

—to die out as it did in the fourteenth century? Was

who wied it suffocated by adverse outward conditions,

court-poetry? or had it compieted its natural term of

life? Perhaps it is not necessary to choose between these solutions. It seems probable that more than one cause was at work. That there were hostile agencies abroad cannot be doubted. In this task of

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