The Art of Courtly Love
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Art of Courtly Love by Andreas Capellanus
Book DescriptionMarriage is no real excuse for not loving. & nbsp;& nbsp; That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish. & nbsp;& nbsp; When made public love rarely endures. & nbsp;& nbsp;Love can deny nothing to love.Published in the twelfth century, Andreas Capellanus's canonical The Art of Courtly Love had 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231136570
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Andreas Capellanus
Art of Courtly Love, Paperback (April 1990)» View all books by Andreas Capellanus
The social system of 'courtly love' soon spread after becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the twelfth century. This book 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."
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Author Biography - Andreas Capellanus
Jan M. Ziolkowski is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and chair of the Department of the Classics at Harvard. His many books include Fairy Tales from Before Fairy Tales: The Medieval Latin Past of Wonderful Lies; Nota Bene: Reading Classics and Writing Songs in the Early Middle Ages; and, with Michael C. J. Putnam, The Virgilian Tradition to 1500.
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