Peire Cardenal was a troubadour who lived to be about a hundred years old and produced a large body of poetry, mostly on satirical or moralising themes. Employed as a clerk by the lords of various towns and regions, he excoriated the Dominican inquisitors who persecuted the Albigensians, regarded as heretics, but professed an orthodox faith himself. He also criticised other troubadours who celebrated worldly love; in his own amorous poetry he anticipated the sublimation of love in Italian poetry.