The Art of Courtly Love - Book One, Introduction to the Treatise on Love, Chapters 7-12 Summary & Analysis

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The noblest class, the clergy, has remained unmentioned in the foregoing. Since the 'clerk' has devoted himself to God, he cannot look for love since he is bound to renounce delights of the earth. His nobility does not come from his ancestors and the secular power cannot remove it. But since clergy are weak to carnal sin, they should consult the foregoing dialogues in accord with the rank of their parents. Nuns must fiercely avoid love because their sin stirs up God's wrath and destroys good reputations. Anyone seeking the love of a nun is a beast.

True love cannot be bought with money. Greedy women can only love in a counterfeit way and should join a brothel. These dishonest women bleed men dry and leave them. If such a woman really loved her man, she would be hesitant to ask so much of him. Such women are deadly enemies...

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