The Art of Courtly Love
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 1170 and 1174 into 'one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explain the secret of a civilization.' This translation of a work that may be viewed as didactic, mocking, or merely descriptive, preserves the attitudes and practices that were the foundation of a long and significant tradition in English literature.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
The Art of Courtly Love(or The Treatise of Love) was written between 1184- 86 and takes the form of an instructional manual to a young courtier. According to C S Lewis courtly love was based on four ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - EThorelli - LibraryThing
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. Read full review