Sancho Sanches
Trovador medieval

Nationality: Galega

Biographical Note:

Author whose biography was completely unknown until very recently. By the placement of his songs in the songbooks, in a zone where clergymen prevail, he was likely also a Galician clergy, active in the second half of the 13th century. In fact, that seems to be confirmed by a new document brought to light by José António Souto Cabo1, a deed dated 1260 in which, as this researcher tells us, a certain “João Barcala, representing the Dean of Santiago, buys properties in the place of Oseve (S. Simão de Ons – Cacheiras, c. Teo). Among the witnesses we find one Sancho Sanches, described as cleric, that we suppose a member of the clergy of Santiago's catedral assigned to that area close to the Galician capital”. Although we ignore, at the moment, any other detail of his biography, all indications are that he would be, in fact, our troubadour.


1 Souto Cabo, José António (2011), "In capella domini regis, in Ulixbona e outras nótulas trovadorescas", in Actas del XIV Congreso de la Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval, Murcia, setembro de 2011.
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Amiga, bem sei do meu amigo
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Amiga, do meu amigo
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Em outro dia em Sam Salvador
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Ir-vos queredes, amigo, [daqui]
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Muit'atendi eu bem da mia senhor
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Que mui gram torto mi fez, amiga
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A mia senhor, que eu mais doutra rem
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