The Art of Courtly Love - Study Guide Book Two, How Love May Be Retained, Chapters 1-8 Summary & Analysis

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Book One concerned acquiring love; now Andreas will explain how love can be retained. Men must first avoid letting the love be publicly known. The lover should also appear wise and restrained in conduct and avoid annoying the beloved. The man should be sympathetic to his beloved's troubles. When she wants something unreasonable, he should give it to her. If he offends her, he must immediately apologize and should not talk excessively about her or excessively praise her in front of other men. A man must always be obedient and humble. Love can be retained by indulging in the solace of the flesh but only as often as will not be wearisome to the woman.

Love may also be increased after it has been consummated. First, if lovers see...

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