Pero Pais Bazaco
Trovador medieval

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Nationality: Galega

Biographical Note:

Galician troubadour from the initial stage of the troubadourean movement (late 12th century and early 13th) whose work was lost. In fact, although his name is recorded in the Colocci Index as the author of eight songs, none has reached us, since they would be placed in some of the initial folios, now lost, of the Biblioteca Nacional Songbook.
Member of a gentry lineage from the Galician region of Ourense, Pero Pais is documented, already an adult, in the will of his father, Dom Paio Peres Bazaco, dated, by José António Souto Cabo to circa 11951-1200. This researcher also believes that he would be the Pero Pais that, as early as 1184, exchanges some properties with the monastery of Oseira, a monastery to which his family was connected. Being 1224 the last year he is documented, Souto Cabo thus suggests the years 1165 to 1225 as the chronological arc of his life. Furthermore, and still according to this researcher, his proximity to Osoiro Anes, another troubadour from the early stage of the Galician-Portuguese poetry, can be deduced from the fact that the latter was raised in the house of Dona Maior Peres, wife of Dom Múnio Fernandes de Rodeiro and aunt, on his father’s side, of Pero Pais.
It should be added that Colocci, in the mentioned Index, spells his family name as Bazoco, a form that was followed by all researchers until recently (and equally in this database). More recently, however, several Galician researchers suggested its correction to Bazaco, since this is the form appearing in all of the several documents mentioning the family, namelly those from Oseira monastery where the troubadour's grandfather appears under the name of "Petrus Bazaccus" ou "Petrus Bazaquo" (doc. n. 14 [1131], 15 [1131], 18 [1148]). Moreover, Henrique Monteagudo2, based on the fact that the variant Baltsac (Peter Baltsac) is also documented, in the same period (1155), suggests that the family could have been of Occitan origin, Bazaco beeing its vernacular adaptation.


1 Souto Cabo, José António (2012), Os cavaleiros que fizeram as cantigas. Aproximação às origens socioculturais da lírica galego-portuguesa, Niterói, Editora UFF, pp. 127-133.
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2 Monteagudo, Henrique (2008), Letras primeiras. O Foral de Caldelas, os primordios da lírica trobadoresca e a emerxencia do galego escrito, Corunha, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, p. 348.

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