Montan (troubadour)

Montan (fl. c. 1250) was a Provençal troubadour whose real name, as well as any biographical detail, is unknown: his sobriquet means "the mounter", which has pornographic overtones, evidenced in his piece Eu venh vas vos, seinher, fauda levada, which is considered the most obscene ever produced by a troubadour.[1] Other than this, three pieces are extant,[2] a single stanza in a tenso with Sordello and two coblas esparsas.

Montan is also mentioned in a poem by Ramon de Rosselló, a sign that his peculiar nickname was customarily used in his time.


  1. Nelli, René (1977). Écrivains anticonformistes du Moyen Âge occitan. Paris: Phébus. p. 199.
  2. Cluzel, Irénée-Marcel (1974). Le troubadour Montan (XIIIe siècle) in: Mélanges d'histoire littéraire, de linguistique et de philologie romanes Ch. Rostaing. Liège: ARUL. pp. 153–164.

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