Aimeric de Peguilhan

Born to a merchant family in Toulouse, the troubadour Aimeric de Peguilhan (c. 1175 – c. 1221) first joined the court of Raimon V in Toulouse, and later traveled extensively among various Iberian courts, before establishing himself in Lombardy. Once there Aimeric dedicated poems to the noble families of Montferrat, Este, and Malaspina, and he composed tensos with Albertet and Sordello. Around fifty of Aimeric’s poems and five associated melodies survive, and the majority of these poems are light cansos.

Known Work

See List of Aimeric de Peguilhan’s Works. Additionally, Dante, in De vulgari eloquentia, commends Aimeric’s “Si cum l’arbres que, per sobrecargar,” which appears in twenty-one of the twenty-four manuscripts that attest to Aimeric’s contemporary popularity.


William P. Shepard and Frank M. Chambers, The Poems of Aimeric de Peguilhan (Evanston, IL, 1950).

Secondary Literature

Miriam Cabré, “Italian and Catalan troubadours,” in The Troubadours: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP, 1999127-140.
Alexander J. Denomy. “Courtly love and courtliness.” Speculum, A Journal of Mediaeval Studies(1953): 44-63.
Herbert Moller. “The Meaning of Courtly Love.” Journal of American Folklore (1960): 39-52.
Wendy Pfeffer. “‘Eu l’auzi dir en un ver reprovier’Aimeric de Peguilhan’s use of the proverb.”Neophilologus 70, no. 4 (1986): 520-527.


Summary by Michael Diaz de la Portilla