National Geographic : 1951 Jul
Troubadours Sing for Golden Flowers T- in the Language of Yes Ancient French, derived from Latin, split into two dialects, the north's langue d'oil and the south's langue d'oc, both so called from their manner of saying "yes": oil (later oui) or oc. Liquid, elegant langue d'oc was the tongue of the troubadours. The south's old language is spoken by few. The learned Academy of the Floral Games preserves its lit erary traditions (page 24). Felix Saurine's painting of a 15th-century floral court hangs in the Academy's headquarters in Toulouse. It depicts a tourna ment of troubadours competing before Clmence Isaure (right), traditional founder of the Acad emy. One bard, plucking his harp, stands ready to receive a golden rose (center). - Gold and silver flowers are the Academy's prizes to modern troubadours composing poems in the medieval tongue. A sample text is shown by the old book.