According to his vida Peire Vidal (1175-1205) was the son of a furrier, and the greatest of singers. Peire started his career as a troubadour in the court of Raimon V of Toulouse and was also associated with Viscount Barral of Marseille, King Alfonso II of Aragon and Boniface of Montferrat. He was described as an erratic character, and a malicious gossip.
Forty-five of his songs have been preserved to this day. The twelve that still have melodies bear testament to the deserved nature of his musical reputation.