The Art of Courtly Love [Andreas Capellanus] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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 by “Andreas Capellanus” is a poetic manual for how one should enter and maintain a romantic relationship. Capellanus’s name may.

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The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

He who is not jealous can not love. A lover can never have enough of the embraces of his beloved. Every action of a lover ends in the thought of his beloved. The first part discusses what love is and how love may be obtained.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

When a lover suddenly has sight of his beloved, his heart beats wildly. By right then you are denied advancement to the love of a countess.

View a FREE sample. Two years of mourning for a dead lover are prescribed for surviving lovers.

Andreas Capellanus The Art of Courtly Love

It also contains eight dialogues between members of different social classes looking to initiate courtly rat such as those between each combination of middle-class, simple noble, higher noble men and women. But that objection which you put to me about my flabby legs and big feet is not very reasonable.

The lady says that she is not pleased that he ranks so far beneath her. It is not good for one lover to take anything against the will of the other. De Amore was written sometime between and Moreover, you claim to be numbered among andress knights, yet I discern in you much that is contrary and harmful to that state.

But I recognize that this is true only of the moment in which love is acquired, for I do not deny that love can couftly in a man who acquired love before he went blind. Courtly love permitted intense emotional and romantic attachment but prevented marital affection. Capellanus translates as “Chaplain,” but this revealing work takes a distinct turn away from the religious worldview that dominated the twelfth century in which Capellanus lived.


On the contrary, there is a king in Hungary who has very fat legs and big feet, and is almost entirely destitute of beauty. Love is always growing or diminishing. This book takes love as established, and begins with a discussion of how love is maintained and how and why it comes to an end pp.

It is said that in the frontier regions of Lovd, there lives a certain count who has finely shaped legs, descended from a line of counts, illustrious ancestors, who in the sacred palace of the Holy See rejoices in elevated offices and shines with every sort of beauty and abounds in riches; yet it is said that he is devoid of virtue; all good customs fear him and every depravity finds its dwelling place in him. If love diminishes, it quickly leaves and rarely revives.

Upper Saddle Loce, NJ: For more excerpted translations from Andreas, including some of the dialogues, click. The twists and turns are so peculiar that scholars have sometimes suggested that the work should not be taken seriously.

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 capellqnus after Eleanor’s divorce from Louis VII in An easy attainment makes love contemptible; a difficult one makes it more dear.

Attractive peasant girls are to be shunned or, failing this, “embraced by force”:. This study guide contains the following sections: For if moral integrity alone makes a man worthy of being noble and only nobility is considered worthy of the love of a noblewoman, then it follows that only moral integrity is worthy to be crowned with the love of a noble lady.


The second part discusses how love may be preserved. Oh, what a marvelous thing is love, which makes a man shine with so many virtues and which teaches everyone to abound in good customs. Follow Us on Facebook. You should learn to object not to one’s legs but to one’s morals, since in objecting to legs you seem to be objecting to divine nature. But your words show clearly that you refuse to love me and that this is because of the lowness of my inferior rank, even though I have great virtue.

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. It is written to an unknown young man named Walter by an only slightly less mysterious man, Andreas Capellanus or ‘Andrew the Chaplain’ who was associated with Countess Marie de Troyes of Champagne, France. Marriage is no excuse for not loving. The slightest suspicion incites the lover to suspect the worse of his beloved. 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.

In fact, Andreas thinks that courtly love is not worth the cost. The Rules of Love 1. If for his manners and integrity a commoner is worthy of being ennobled by a prince, I do not see why he should not be worthy of a noble woman’s love.

The Art of Courtly Love is a late twelfth century guide book on the genesis, maintenance, and rejection of courtly love.