The Art of Courtly Love

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-02-07
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Marriage is no real excuse for not loving. & & That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish. & & When made public love rarely endures. & & Love can deny nothing to love.Published in the twelfth century, Andreas Capellanus's canonical The Art of Courtly Lovehad a major impact on the culture of medieval Europeans and relates centrally to Arthurian romance, troubadour lyric, and other genres. More than just a list of rules and advice, the book has been remarkably influential in modern understandings of the Middle Ages, especially of the phenomena known as courtly love. Is it a time capsule of social laws and customs that prevailed in courts? Or was it a flight of fancy that mocked such etiquette?Debates over its nature and meaning have been unending. Its style and concerns contributed long and significantly to English literature, and for centuries its attitudes and practices reflected and may even have shaped thinking and behavior about love in Western civilization. Renowned medievalist Jan M. Ziolkowski has revised the standard translation of the work from the original Latin, maintaining its lively tone and sophisticated play with character and sentiment. He has also written a foreword highlighting the work's continued relevance and updated the bibliography with new critical sources.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Author's Preface
Introduction to the Treatise on Love
What Love Is
Between What Persons Love May Exist
Where Love Gets Its Name
What the Effect of Love Is
What Persons Are Fit for Love
In What Manner Love May Be Acquired and in How Many Ways
The Love of the Clergy
The Love of Nuns
Love Got With Money
The Easy Attainment of One's Object
The Love of Peasants
The Love of Prostitutes
How Love May Be Retained
How Love, When It Has Been Acquired, May Be Kept
How a Love, Once Consummated, May Be Increased
In What Ways Love May Be Decreased
How Love May Come to an End
Indications That One's Love Is Returned
If One of the Lovers Is Unfaithful to the Other
Various Decisions in Love Cases
The Rules of Love
The Rejection of Love
Genealogical Table
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