medieval lyrics: reading response 3
So Duggan, you’re telling me that, essentially — university students led attacks on barman over the price of wine, not once, but twice in European history and they got away with it? One or two got killed sure, but they got away with it. I’m somehow not surprised that would happen if you gave students too much privilege. I’m both horrified and intrigued. On one hand, seems like it something that goes in a comedy written by Chaucer. On the other hand it seems like stupidity frat kids would get up to.
It’s also intriguing how this group of people actually interacted across the whole of Europe. They were essentially adopted into a society which spoke the same language and worked in the same government jobs as each other. They all had ties to poetry while working at positions we would consider more practical today. I think it’s interesting how poetry was the linking point between all of them but not necessarily the reason any of them signed up for the job. We tend to have this visage of the medieval poet as a flighty bard who is overly flamboyant and who a is also a sex crazed loon. Just look at any D&D bard. Dandelion from the Witcher series springs to mind. However, that’s not the reality according to Duggan. These men were more of the crafty Bishop who won the position through politicking. I enjoy looking at what pop-culture depicts the medieval ages to be and then seeing its reality.