Music and Poetry
Music and poetry were among the most beloved forms of art and entertainment in the Middle Ages, and represent one of the most lasting testimonials to that now-distant period of time. Evolving from simple, purely religious monophonic chants and folk music in the Early Middle Ages, the art of music and poetry evolved over the centuries until reaching a zenith during the Renaissance, from which Baroque music by great composers like J.S. Bach would evolve.
The manuscripts containing these historic lyrical works are often adorned with some of the finest of what medieval illumination has to offer, and in the case of secular music revolving around courtly love, give some of the most useful insights into daily life that are available to us today. Therefore, medieval manuscripts containing collections of music and poetry are among the most precious today because they not only represent a great synthesis of the arts but important historical artifacts as well.