Courtly love

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Courtly love

  1. 1. COURTLY LOVE
  2. 2. WHAT IS COURTLY LOVE? A code of behavior that gave rise to modern ideas ofchivalrous romance. A relationship between aristocratic lovers in WesternEurope during the Middle Ages. Courtly Love required adherence to certain rules, butwas basically sanctioned adultery.
  3. 3. WHO PARTICIPATED? The man was a nobleman, usually a knight. The woman was married and of equal orhigher status. Frequently the woman was the wife of theknight’s Lord and the knight’s admiration of thewoman was a sign of loyalty.
  4. 4. WHY? Marriages in the middle ages were almost NEVER about love. Marriages were little more than business contracts Love may interfere with creating dynasties or brokering peace. Love was considered irrelevant to marriage.
  5. 5. HOW DID IT WORK? The knight would pledge hislove to the woman from afar,seeking to protect her honor andwin her favor. The woman would refuse hisadvances in public, but privatelyencourages him.
  6. 6. CHARACTERISTICS Associated with nobility (peasants could not engage in “finelove”) Secrecy Adultery Chastity – the passion could never be consummated due to socialcircumstances, thus it was a “higher love” unsullied by selfish, carnaldesires.
  7. 7. BENEFITS It was believed to improve men because theywould be more concerned with the concept ofhonor. The knight would win more victories intournaments The inspiration of the woman would curbarrogance and coarseness.

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