Page 1. The. Art of. Courtly. Love. Andreas Capellanus. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide. Andreas Capellanus. This Study Guide consists of approximately 24 pages of chapter summaries, quotes. Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (). Andreas “the Chaplain” writes this essay in three parts and addresses it to his According to Andreas.

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Andreas Capellanus was the twelfth century author of a treatise commonly titled De amore “About Love”also known as De arte honeste amandifor which a possible English translation is The Art of Courtly Love. His real identity has never been determined, but has been a matter of extended academic debate. De Amore was written sometime between and It was most likely intended for the French court of Philip Augustus.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

John Jay Parry, who edited De Amorehas 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 Aquitainebut this link has never been verified. It has been proposed that De Amore codifies the social and sexual life of Eleanor’s court at Poitiers between and because the author mentions both Eleanor and her daughter Marie by name; but there is no evidence that Marie ever saw her mother again after Eleanor’s divorce from Louis VII in The work deals with several specific themes that were the subject of poetical debate among late twelfth century troubadours and trobairitz.

The basic conception of Capellanus is that courtly love ennobles both the lover and the beloved, provided that certain codes of behaviour are respected. De amore describes the affection between spouses as an unrelated emotion, stating that “love can have no place between husband and wife,” although they may feel even “immoderate affection” for one another.

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Rather, the most ennobling love is generally secret and extremely difficult to obtain, serving as a means for inspiring men to great deeds. After an introductory analysis of “What love is” Parry, pp. In each dialogue the man is pleading inconclusively to be accepted as the woman’s lover, and in each he finds some small reason for optimism. The dialogs are delightful compositions, with many well-crafted arguments albeit based on medieval rather than modern concepts by both the ardent suitor and the skeptical lady; typically, the older man asks to be rewarded for his accomplishments whereas the young men or men of lower birth ask to be given inspiration so that they might accomplish something.

These dialogues are followed by short discussions of love with priests, with nuns, for money, with peasant women, and with prostitutes pp. This book takes love as established, and begins with th discussion of how love is maintained and how and why it comes to an end pp. Following this comes a series of twenty-one “judgements of love” pp.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

Among these, three judgements are attributed to “Queen Eleanor” and another four simply to “the Queen”, seven to Eleanor’s daughter Marie of Troyes “the Countess of Champagne “wrt to Eleanor’s niece Isabelle of Vermandois “the Countess of Flanders “, daughter of Petronilla of Aquitaineone to “a court of ladies in Gascony”, and five to Viscountess Ermengarde of Narbonnewho is thus singled out as the only patron of a ” Ccapellanus of Love ” not belonging to the immediate family of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Book Two concludes pp. A few examples of these guidelines are listed below numbered according to the order found in the original work, which contains thirty-one total:. This book is the briefest pp. This book seeks to remedy the natural affection of men for women, by painting all women as disgusting as possible in so few words.

For example, women are described as being completely untrustworthy “everything a woman says is said with the intention of deceiving”insanely greedy and willing to do anything for food, weak-minded and easily swayed by false reasoning, “slanderers filled with envy and hate,” drunkards, loud-mouthed and gossipy, unfaithful in love, disobedient, vain and tortured by envy of all other women’s beauty, “even her daughter’s.

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This book is a disclaimer for the rest of off work—as is evidenced by its heading. It includes reasons why love affairs of the sort found in this book should not be conducted, and that personal abstinence from love was the preferred route. Though some social practices acceptable during the Middle Ages may be reflected in Capellanus’ work, it cannot be clearly demonstrated to be a reliable source tthe the common medieval attitude to “courtly love.

De Amore gives a listing of the stages of love, which resembles in some ways the modern baseball euphemism:.

Courtly love is reserved for the middle and upper classes in De Amore. Attractive peasant girls are to be shunned or, failing this, “embraced by force”:. In a similar vein, Andreas describes nuns as easy to seduce, although he condemns anyone who does so as a “disgusting animal. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

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