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BnF ms. 854 fol. 125 - Na Castelloza (2)
Castelloza in a 13th-century chansonnier, Recueil des poésies des troubadours

Na Castelloza (fl. early 13th century) was a noblewoman and trobairitz from Auvergne.


BnF ms. 12473 fol. 110v - Na Castelloza (2)
Castelloza in a 13th-century chansonnier, Chansonnier provençal

According to her later vida, Castelloza was the wife of Turc de Mairona, probably the lord of Meyronne. Turc's ancestors had participated in a Crusade around 1210 or 1220, which was the origin of his name (meaning "Turk"). She was reputed to have been in love with Arman de Brion, a member of the house of Bréon and of greater social rank than her, about whom she wrote several songs. Her vida records her to have been "very gay", "very learned", and "very beautiful". Only three—perhaps four if recent scholarship is accepted—of her songs (all cansos) survive, all without music. This, however, makes her at least the second most prolific of trobairitz in terms of surviving works: only Beatriz de Dia certainly has more, with four cansos to her name. The subject of all her poems is courtly love.

Compared with Beatriz de Dia, Castelloza is a more conservative poet. Her persona throughout her works is consistent and though she raises the tension between conditional and unconditional love she always remains committed to absolute fidelity.

One scholar, Peter Dronke, has seen Castelloza's songs as forming a lyric cycle.

List of works

  • Ja de chantar non degra aver talan
  • Amics, s' trobes avinen
  • Mout avetz faich lonc estatge
  • Per joi que d'amor m'avegna (disputed)

See also

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