Bertran de Born

The Occitan language, or Langue d’Oc, is a neo-Latin language spoken in a specific area of southern Europe known as Occitania, roughly identified with southern France, but also encompassing a strip of territory in Piedmont along the frontier with France. It was the famous language used in the poetry of the trobadours of Provençal root, which emerged around the 11th century and was flourishing in medieval times. Dante greatly admired the Occitan troubadours to the extent that he actually bestowed the unique privilege on one of them of using his language, the langue d’Oc, when he encountered him in the seventh terrace of Purgatory…

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Arnaut Daniel