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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Friday Afternon Salon 
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8th-Feb-2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you found this in my journal.

I've given a lot of thought to the concept of paratge since I discovered it. It provides us with a fascinating insight into the troubadour culture. If you have a chance, look around that website for mention of William Marshal, the man the troubadours considered the greatest knight in Christendom. There's a great story about Marshal traveling across France with King Henry II of England. They didn't have any money with them, but had to stop at an inn for the night. The inn-keeper wouldn't accept Henry's note of hand, but when Marshal gave his word that he'd make sure everything was paid, the inn-keeper didn't even require a signature. William Marshal's word was, literally, as good as gold. He was pretty much the walking, talking, living embodiment of paratge.
8th-Feb-2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you found this in my journal.

Yep... today has pretty much consisted of me going through the dozens of tabs I had open in Firefox and Doing Stuff with them. :)

I have been saying for ages that I need to write a post on honor. I think paratge pretty well encapsulates it, though. Makes me sad that we don't have paratge as a virtue these days.... I hope we'll swing back that way.
8th-Feb-2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I think you've touched on a lot of the troubadour values in your writing over time. Maybe you're a trobaritz and don't know it? If you have the time, you might take a while to read some of the old songs in translation. Those folks had an interesting view of the world.
8th-Feb-2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Trobaritz? Is that the official female version of the word?

I may have to put that on my business cards.

I think you've touched on a lot of the troubadour values in your writing over time.

Hm. Now I'm *really* curious. Got links re: troubadour values for me?
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9th-Feb-2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Could you explain a bit about the modern French concepts of truth and beauty?
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9th-Feb-2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Truth is what is, and beauty is what should be, and the best of life is both.

OK, that's profound. Thank you. I would conclude from this that the pinnacle of French virtue is to make the beautiful true.
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