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The Art of Courtly Love Summary
Andreas Capellanus

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The Art of Courtly Love Summary

Plot Summary

The Art of Courtly Love is a late twelfth century guide book on the genesis, maintenance, and rejection of courtly love. 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. The book is known today for attempts to classify the rules of love.

Courtly love is a specific sort of romance that occurred in the medieval period primarily amongst the upper class. In that time period, marriages tended to be arranged for social and economic reasons. Therefore, love in marriage was unusual. So husbands and wives tended to seek romantic attachment outside of marriage and courtly love became a social practice that gave them such a romantic outlet. Courtly love permitted intense emotional and romantic attachment but prevented marital affection.

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