One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural pastourelles, Plural pastorelas
A medieval lyric whose theme is love for a shepherdess.
- ‘He discovers her presence when he hears her singing a pastourelle.’
- ‘His essay, ‘The Figure of the Shepherdess in the Medieval Pastourelle,’ is an example of the transition of the figure of shepherdess in medieval French pastourelle.’
- ‘The French pastourelles offer examples of this type of exchange.’
- ‘Others, such as the chanson de toile (weaving-song) and the pastourelle, hint at popular traditions of song.’
- ‘Maid Marion is not part of the original tales and likely comes from French pastourelles where she was associated with a shepherd Robin.’
- ‘In this sense the novel is the long-delayed answer of the lower classes to the courtly pastourelle… It is a protest, democratic and sentimental at once, against the courtly love codes and the sexual tyranny which they disguised.’
French, feminine of pastoureau ‘shepherd’.
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