ANDREAS CAPELLANUS THE ART OF COURTLY LOVE PDF

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After becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the twelfth century, the social system of 'courtly love' soon spread.

Evidence of the influence of courtly love in the culture and literature of most of western Europe spans centuries. This unabridged edition of codifies life at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between and into 'one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explain the secret of a civilization. The Art of Courtly Love or The Treatise of Love was written between 86 and takes the form of an instructional manual to a young courtier. According to C S Lewis courtly love was based on four A classic, if somewhat abridged.

Fun reading and historical. Don't think it too relevant today, since I don't know of any royal courts left to be in. The book is believed to have been intended to portray conditions at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between and , but Capellanus wrote it most likely several years later. The Art of Courtly Love. Andreas Capellanus. John Jay Parry.

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The Art of Courtly Love

Introduction to the Treatise on Love. Chapter I. What love Is. The lover fears, too, that he may offend his loved one in some way; indeed he fears so many things that it would he difficult to tell them.

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Andreas Capellanus was the twelfth century author of a treatise commonly titled De amore "About Love" , also known as De arte honeste amandi , for which a possible English translation is The Art of Courtly Love. His real identity has never been determined, but has been a matter of extended academic debate. De Amore was written sometime between and It was most likely intended for the French court of Philip Augustus.

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After becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the twelfth century, the social system of 'courtly love' soon spread. Evidence of the influence of courtly love in the culture and literature of most of western Europe spans centuries. This unabridged edition of codifies life at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between and into 'one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explain the secret of a civilization. The Art of Courtly Love or The Treatise of Love was written between 86 and takes the form of an instructional manual to a young courtier. According to C S Lewis courtly love was based on four

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Love is an inborn suffering proceeding from the sight and immoderate thought upon the beauty of the other sex, for which cause above all other things one wishes to embrace the other and, by common assent, in this embrace to fulfill the commandments of love. From Whence Love is Named "Love amor " is derived from the word "hook amar ", which signifies "capture" or "be captured. 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. What is the Effect of Love This is the effect of love: that the true lover can not be corrupted by avarice; love makes an ugly and rude person shine with all beauty, knows how to endow with nobility even one of humble birth, can even lend humility to the proud; he who loves is accustomed humbly to serve others. Oh, what a marvelous thing is love, which makes a man shine with so many virtues and which teaches everyone to abound in good customs. 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. Age, blindness and excessive passion are all bars to true love.

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