In this expository essay, the author traces the history of modern literature and music. The history is largely focused on the advancement of French poetry and song through by the workings of the troubadour class.
A troubadour is one from a class of lyric poets living in France, Spain, or Italy between the 11th and 13th centuries. The author implies that the troubadours were the first creators of a rude type of music and poetry.
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