The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #35994   Message #4130374
Posted By: Levana Taylor
29-Dec-21 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Le Roi Renaud
Subject: RE: Le Roi Renaud
Thank you, "Guest," for the comment on how "Renaud" fit in with a postwar search for simplicity. (That's rather earlier than the renaissance of interest in rural regional music that took place in the 1970s.) I believe the other two ballads often cited as medieval survivors are "La blanche biche" and "Les m├ętamorphoses." There can be an over-emphasis on the ballads' magical elements when talking about their antiquity -- I am skeptical of suggested connections to druidism! But interest in magical stories is more of a contemporary Anglophone thing than a French thing, isn't it?