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S is for Tibors de Sarenom


Tibors is one of eight trobairitz with vidas, short Occitan biographies, often more hypothetical than factual. Research into Tibors the poet’s identification is hampered by the popularity of her name in Occitania during the period of her life.

Tibors was the daughter of Guilhem d’Omelas and Tibors d’Aurenga, who brought as dowry to her husband the castle of Sarenom, probably Sérignan-du-Comtat in Provence or perhaps Sérignan in the Roussillon. Sadly for historians and Occitanists, Tibors and Guilhem had two daughters, both named Tibors, after their mother.

Raimbaut d’Orange, the famous troubadour, was a younger son of Guilhem and Tibors and thus a younger brother of the two Tibors sisters. In 1150, Tibors d’Aurenga died and by her will left Raimbaut, then a minor, under the guardianship of her elder daughter Tibors and her son-in-law, Bertran dels Baus, who was Tibors’ second husband, with whom she had three sons: Uc, father of Barral of Marseille; Bertran, father of Raimon; and Guilhem, also a troubadour.

Of Tibors’ work only a single stanza of a canso with its attached vida and razo has survived. Nonetheless she is mentioned in an anonymous ballad dated to between 1220 and 1245, where she acts as the judge of a game of poetry. Her only extant work, Bels dous amics is translated below.

Sweet handsome friend, I can tell you truly
that I’ve never been without desire
since it pleased you that I have you as my courtly lover;
nor did a time ever arrive, sweet handsome friend,
when I didn’t want to see you often;
nor did I ever feel regret,
nor did it ever come to pass, if you went off angry,
that I felt joy until you had come back;
nor [ever]. . .

Looking into printed translations of Tibors, all I could find is this score.

Escot, Pozzi. Bel dous amics: soprano, oboe, viola. Publication Contact International, 1993.

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