The Art of Courtly Love Topics for Discussion

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What is courtly love? Under what historical circumstances did it arise?

What were the rules of courtly love? What connections did it permit? Which did it forbid?

In the eight dialogues, Capellanus analyzes the differences between how different classes initiate courtly love with one another. Discuss three of the relevant differences between at least two of the combinations.

What are good reasons to love for Capellanus? What are bad reasons?

Discuss the three rules of love you find most plausible. Explain why you find them plausible.

Analyze three of the arguments Capellanus gives to Walter to discourage him from engaging in courtly love. Assuming their worldview, are the religious arguments successful? Do you detect sexism in the arguments from the weaknesses of women?

In general, do you think the practice of courtly love would have been a good idea? Why or why not?

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