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It was most likely intended for the French court of Philip Augustus.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

The first part discusses what love is and how love may be obtained. It is not proper to love one whom one would be ashamed to marry. The Rules of Love 1.

These rules are analyzed in detail in the chapter. Love rarely lasts when it is revealed. A few examples of these guidelines are listed below numbered according to the order found in the original work, which contains thirty-one total:. Therefore, love in marriage was courtyl. Third Dialogue A plebian gentleman speaks with a woman of the higher nobility.

It has been proposed that De Amore codifies the social and sexual life of Eleanor’s court at Poitiers between and because the author mentions both Eleanor and her daughter Marie by name; but there is no evidence that Marie ever saw her mother again after Eleanor’s divorce from Louis VII in Book Two, ‘How Love May Be Retained’ explains all the different practices that one may engage in to keep the intensity of courtly love going.

A new love expells an old one. But I recognize that this is true only of the moment in which love is acquired, for I do not deny that love can endure in a lovf who acquired love before he went blind. The religious point of view sometimes surfaces, but it is usually trumped by secular concerns, matters of etiquette, romantic conceits and the delights of sheer fantasy.

Love can deny nothing to love. Just as a shrewd fisherman tries to attract fish with his bait and to catch them on with his curved hook, so he who is truly captured by love tries to attract another with his blandishments and with all his power tries to hold two hearts together with one spiritual chain or, if they be already united, to hold them always together.

In fact, Andreas thinks that courtly love is not worth the cost. The true lover is continuously obsessed with the image of his beloved.

On the contrary, there is a king in Hungary who has very fat legs and big feet, and is almost entirely destitute of beauty. This book is the briefest pp. The Meaning of Courtly Love. An easy attainment makes love contemptible; a difficult one makes it more dear. The true lover believes only that which he thinks will please his beloved. He who suffers from an excess of passion is not suited to love. Capellanus translates as “Chaplain,” but this revealing work takes a distinct turn away from the religious worldview that dominated the twelfth century in which Capellanus lived.


So husbands and wives tended to seek romantic attachment outside of marriage and courtly love became a social practice that gave them such a romantic outlet. Though some social practices acceptable during the Middle Ages may be reflected in Capellanus’ work, it cannot be clearly demonstrated to be a reliable source on the common medieval attitude to “courtly love.

And yet he has such shining virtue he is worthy to recieve the glory of the royal crown and almost the whole world resounds with his praises.

Andreas Capellanus The Art of Courtly Love

The book is notable for its embedded dialogues purporting to describe “courts andres love” held by queens and duchesses, trials at which men and women debated the behaviors of lovers from various stations of society and evaluated them.

It is often associated with Eleanor of Aquitaine herself the granddaughter of an early troubadour poet, William IX of Aquitainebut this link has never been verified.

Almost no one in the dialogues expresses any other opinion. Although, your virtue is greatly to be praised, I am young and I shudder at the thought of the embraces andteas old men.

When a lover suddenly has sight of his beloved, his heart beats wildly. Book Two concludes pp. This book seeks to remedy the natural affection of men for women, by painting all women as disgusting as possible in so few words.

But whether viewed as a guide to anreas or as a imaginary exercise in role-playing, The Art of Courtly Love is one of the essential books for anyone interested in probing the intricacies and contradictions of the medieval mind. The third book is adt of arguments against love including religious ones and arguments based on the faults of women. Marriage is no excuse for not loving. Every lover turns pale in the presence of his beloved.

For example, women are described as being cougtly untrustworthy “everything a woman says is said with the intention of deceiving”insanely greedy and willing to do anything for food, weak-minded and easily swayed by false reasoning, “slanderers filled with envy and hate,” drunkards, loud-mouthed and gossipy, unfaithful in love, disobedient, vain and tortured by envy of all other women’s beauty, “even her daughter’s.


Among these, three judgements are attributed to “Queen Eleanor” and another four simply to “the Queen”, seven to Eleanor’s daughter Marie of Troyes “the Countess of Champagne cape,lanustwo to Eleanor’s niece Isabelle of Vermandois “the Countess of Flanders “, daughter lovf Petronilla of Aquitaineone to “a court of ladies in Gascony”, and five to Viscountess Ermengarde of Narbonnewho is thus singled out as the only patron of a ” Court of Love ” courrly belonging to the immediate family of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

The work deals with several specific themes that were the subject of poetical debate aet late twelfth century troubadours and trobairitz. Attractive peasant girls are to be shunned or, failing this, “embraced by force”:. These dialogues are followed by short discussions of love with priests, with nuns, for money, with peasant women, and with prostitutes pp. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Book Three, The Rejection of Love. Back to the English Syllabus View.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

The ‘King of Love’ is said to have laid down thirty-one rules of love. It is not good for one lover to take anything against the will of the other. The author divides The Art of Courtly Love into three books. Articles lacking in-text citations from April All articles lacking in-text citations. What Persons are Suited for Love [The author goes on to specify the requirements of a lover — girls must be at least 12, boys 14, though for true love men must be at least 18 years old and under 60 after that age, though copulation is possible true passion is lacking ; women must be under fifty.

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Too great an abundance of passion impedes love, for there are those who are so enslaved by desire that they cannot be restrained by the bonds of love; those who after deep thoughts of their lady or even having enjoyed lobe fruits of love, when they see another immediately desire her embraces, forgetting the lvoe received from their former lover and revealing their ingratitude.

It also contains eight dialogues between members of different social classes looking to initiate courtly love such as those between each combination of middle-class, simple noble, higher noble men and women.