Trouvère, sometimes spelled trouveur, is the Northern French (langue d'oïl) form of the word troubador (as spelled in the langue d'oc). It refers to poet-composers who were roughly contemporary with and influenced by the troubadors but who composed their works in the northern dialects of France. The word trouvère comes from the Old French trovere, from the Provençal word trobaire, meaning "to find or invent (rhetorically)". The first known trouvère was Chrétien de Troyes (fl. 1160s-80s) (Butterfield, 1997) and the trouvères continued to flourish until about 1300. Some 2130 trouvère poems have survived; of these, at least two-thirds have melodies.
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