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There were many kinds of women who played
music- some for a living and some for recreation,
included troubadours who were travelling musicians, minstrels, trouveres
(troubadours but of nobler birth), and itinerant jongleurs who sang
and entertained with other skills like singing, dancing, acrobatics
and juggling. These are not the women we are concerned with here.
Boccaccio's Decameron identifies women singing and dancing along with their male companions. Chaucer also wrote of the types of instruments musicians might play when he said:
The image above at the top of the page, Allegory of Music comes from Echecs Amoureux, France and dates at 1496 to 1498. The image below is dated 1375, Catarino, The Coronation of the Virgin and show women playing a variety of instruments typically shown surrounding the Virgin in medieval paintings.
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