Uc de Saint Circ

Uc de Saint Circ (c. 1217 – c. 1253) was born into the lower nobility of Thégra and received a clerical education in Montpellier. Many of his works reflect this education, as he composed both prose vidas and razos and pedantic poetry, cansos, sirventes, and tensos all characterized by scholastic invective. Uc travelled widely among the courts of southern France, Iberia, and Italy, and for a time joined the entourage of the knight Savari de Mauléon in Poitou. While journeying in Lombardy and the March of Treviso, Uc became involved with the da Romano and Malaspina families, as indicated in several of his poems. Around forty-four poems and three associated melodies survive.

Known Work

See the Complete Works of Uc de Saint Circ.


Alfred Jeanroy and J.J. Salverda de Grave, Poésies de Uc de Saint-Circ (Toulouse, 1913).

Secondary Literature

William Burgwinkle. “For love or money: Uc de Saint Circ and the rhetoric of exchange.” Romantic Review 84, no. 4 (1993): 347-376.
Miriam Cabré, “Italian and Catalan troubadours,” in The Troubadours: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP, 1999, 127-140.
Elizabeth Wilson Poe. “A Dispassionate Look at the Trobairitz.” Tenso 7, no. 2 (1992): 142-164.


Summary by Michael Diaz de la Portilla