“All good things one could ask of a woman.”
The Trobairitz or women troubadours were the first known and named composers of Western secular music. Check out this YouTube page for many videos with Trobairitz music.
The thirteenth-century Bietris de Romans addressed her chanson to Lady Maria. “[I]f it please you, lovely woman, then give me/ that which most hope and joy promises/ for in you lie my desire and my heart/ and from you stems all my happiness,/ and because of you I’m often sighing.”[i] This lovely tribute suggests that deep, abiding, and intimate friendships of same-sex love were documented in the Middle Ages. As Bietris wrote, Maria possessed within “All good things one could ask of a woman.”[ii]
[iMeg Bogin, ed. and trans. The Women Troubadours (NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 1980), 133.
[ii] Bogin 133.