João Romeu de Lugo
Trovador medieval

Nationality: Galega

Biographical Note:

Until very recently, nothing concrete was known about this troubadour, except the data given in the caption that accompanies his only preserved song, according to which the author would be a Galician knight, resident of Lugo.
Since the mentioned song is a humorous attack on the troubadour Lopo Lias, the chronology of João Romeu should be equal to Dom Lopo’s, that is, situated in the first half of the 13th century. In fact, new data brought to light by Soto Cabo1 seem to confirm this suggestion. Therefore, a certain “Johannem Romeu” is quoted in a document, dated 1239, coming from the monastery of Vilar das Donas (nº 16), in the region of Ulhoa, Lugo. And a homonym confirms in Santiago de Compostela, in the year of 1251, another document that has a certain Pero Peres "Pelliparius" as holder (Tombo C: 229r-229v).
Although in both cases it seems to be our author, we know nothing more regarding his biography


1 Souto Cabo, José António (2011), "Lopo Lias: entre Orzelhão e Compostela", Diacrítica, 25.3, Universidade do Minho, nota 3.
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