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, Boniface of Montferrat, and Manfred I Lancia. He may have taken part in the Third Crusade. 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.
- Fraser, Veronica M. (2006) The Songs of Peire Vidal: Translation and Commentary. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 0-8204-7922-5.
- Complete works at trobar.org