Bernart de Ventadorn

1135 - 1190

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Bernart de Ventadorn (also Bernard de Ventadour or Bernat del Ventadorn; 1135–1194) was a prominent troubadour of the classical age of troubadour poetry. Now thought of as "the Master Singer" he developed the cançons into a more formalized style which allowed for sudden turns. He is remembered for his mastery as well as popularisation of the trobar leu style, and for his prolific cançons, which helped define the genre and establish the "classical" form of courtly love poetry, to be imitated and reproduced throughout the remaining century and a half of troubadour activity.Bernart was known for being able to portray his women as divine agents in one moment and then, in a sudden twist, as Eve – the cause of man's initial sin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bernart de Ventadorn has received more than 100,016 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Bernart de Ventadorn is the 657th most popular writer (up from 714th in 2019), the 735th most popular biography from France and the 111th most popular French Writer.

Bernart de Ventadorn is most famous for his poetry. He is considered the first troubadour and was a major influence on the development of the troubadour tradition.

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Among writers, Bernart de Ventadorn ranks 657 out of 5,794Before him are Christopher Tolkien, Hermann Broch, Sven Hassel, Giambattista Basile, Dashiell Hammett, and Ben Jonson. After him are Dimitrie Cantemir, Diana Wynne Jones, Periander, Stephen Covey, Irène Némirovsky, and Zhang Sanfeng.

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Among people born in 1135, Bernart de Ventadorn ranks 4Before him are Chrétien de Troyes, Léonin, and Joachim of Fiore. After him are Inge I of Norway, Joscelin III, Count of Edessa, Walter of Châtillon, and Sharaf al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī. Among people deceased in 1190, Bernart de Ventadorn ranks 3Before him are Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor and Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem. After him are Isabella of Hainault, Otto II, Margrave of Meissen, Floris III, Count of Holland, Saigyō, Maria Komnene, Queen of Hungary, Godfrey III, Count of Louvain, Anvari, Dominicus Gundissalinus, and William of Newburgh.

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In France

Among people born in France, Bernart de Ventadorn ranks 735 out of 5,234Before him are Georges Sorel (1847), Nicolas Fouquet (1615), Maurice Gamelin (1872), Claude Lelouch (1937), Raoul Dufy (1877), and Célestin Freinet (1896). After him are Jacques de Vaucanson (1709), Jean Giraud (1938), Hugh the Great (898), Jean-Baptiste Kléber (1753), Annie Girardot (1931), and Sophie of France (1786).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Bernart de Ventadorn ranks 111Before him are Antoine François Prévost (1697), Pierre Loti (1850), Eugène Sue (1804), Raymond Queneau (1903), Ausonius (310), and Jean Froissart (1337). After him are Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755), Frontinus (30), Marie de France (1101), Maurice Blanchot (1907), Alain-René Lesage (1668), and Madame Roland (1754).