The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
The Allegory of Love is a landmark study of a powerful and influential medieval conception. C. S. Lewis explores the sentiment called 'courtly love' and the allegorical method within which it developed in literature and thought, from its first flowering in eleventh-century Languedoc through to its transformation and gradual demise at the end of the sixteenth century. Lewis devotes particular attention to the major poems The Romance of the Rose and The Faerie Queene, and to poets including Chaucer, Gower and Thomas Usk.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
C S Lewis traces the development of love poetry from the celebration of adulterous love by the 12th century Troubadours through to Edmond Spenser's utter refutation and then vindication of married ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
Interesting for his comments on individual works, but his overall theory of progress from adulterous to married love as a literary ideal I think mistaken. There are early works that favor married love ... Read full review