Part of a series of Sunday morning concerts of medieval music, readings and images, this Sunday concert centres on Big Foot Bertha, the mother of Charlemagne, and it is still a mystery as to why she acquired this unusual sobriquet. Also in the story is the King of the Minstrels, Adenet le Roi who wrote a fanciful story of B F Bertha.
Adenet le Roi was no ordinary minstrel. His epic poems, including Berte aus Grans Piés, Les Enfances Ogier and Cleomadès, abound in colourful details, and he engaged with a web of trouvères, minstrels and patrons in Flanders and from France and England.
“When the words come, they are merely empty shells without the music. They live as they are sung, for the words are the body and the music the spirit.” Hildegard von Bingen
Margaret Arnold : alto, organetto
Richard Excell : vielles, rebec, psaltery, gemshorn