Lancelot and Guinevere. The handbook for courtly love was commissioned by Countess Marie, daughter of King Louis VII of France and Eleanor of Aquitaine, to address the social construct of love within the courts. Capellanus drew inspiration heavily from Ovid — the classical master of amour — and chose nearly direct inserts from Art of Love, Amours, and Remedy of Love. Walter Crane. The Renaissance of Venus.
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He who is not jealous cannot love. No one can be bound by a double love. It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing. That which a lover takes against his will of his beloved has no relish. Boys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturity. When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor. No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons. No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.
Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice. It is not proper to love any woman whom one should be ashamed to seek to marry. A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.
When made public love rarely endures. The easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized. Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved. When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates. A new love puts to flight an old one.
Good character alone makes any man worthy of love. If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives. A man in love is always apprehensive. Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love. Jealousy, and therefore love, are increased when one suspects his beloved. He whom the thought of love vexes, eats and sleeps very little. Every act of a lover ends with in the thought of his beloved. A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.
Love can deny nothing to love. A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved. A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved. A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love.
A true lover is constantly and without intermission possessed by the thought of his beloved. Nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women. This text is part of the Internet Medieval Source Book. The Sourcebook is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted texts related to medieval and Byzantine history.
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He who is not jealous cannot love. No one can be bound by a double love. It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing. That which a lover takes against his will of his beloved has no relish.
Andreas Capellanus and The Art of Courtly Love
Shelves: classics Love, per Andreas Capellanus in the 13th Century, is defined as "a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex I thoroughly enjoyed it, as it puts a whole new spin on the modern Love, per Andreas Capellanus in the 13th Century, is defined as "a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex I thoroughly enjoyed it, as it puts a whole new spin on the modern idea of "courtly love. On the one hand, here is a system that so clearly shows itself in widespread literature of the day and for hundreds of year afterwards.
The Art of Courtly Love
His work[ edit ] De Amore was written sometime between and It was most likely intended for the French court of Philip Augustus. John Jay Parry, who edited De Amore, has described it as "one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explains the secret of a civilization. It is often associated with Eleanor of Aquitaine herself the granddaughter of an early troubadour poet, William IX of Aquitaine , but this link has never been verified.