The main things I took from these readings were the formulaic nature of the writing and ideas, the background knowledge you need to understand it, both now and at the time, and the very idea of the courtly love. It baffles me to know that you need to be “studied” prior to even approaching the text if you hope to read for understanding. Also, I think contemporary artists sometimes get a reputation for being formulaic. But these works show us that is nothing new. However, the biggest thing I take away is the idea of the “courtly love.” The pursuit of love is in and of itself a noble task. It also takes the idea of a caste system and assigns it to even one more thing. Love would seem to be free from being classified and categorized but it is not. Something that should be natural and untamed was corrupted and turned inward with religion and feudal customs.
Troubadours also serve as unreliable narrators and show us that many of the things we attribute to contemporary artists such as braggadocio and the penchant to “quarrel” with other artists are nothing new but instead are centuries old. These attributes can be seen in today’s hip hop.