Courtly Love and Mediieval Romance Essay

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Introduction
The familiarity with the love tradition makes it easily mistakable for a natural and universal phenomenon and even brings a laxity of enquiring into its origins. However, it is difficult of not impossible to show love to be anything more than an artistic phenomenon or construct- a literary per formative innovation of Middle Ages. Courtly love was a medieval European formation of nobly, and politely expressing love and admiration. Courtly love was secret and between members of the nobility. (Simpson).
The term "courtly love" was first popularized by Gaston Paris in 1883. It has since come under a wide variety of definitions and uses, even being brushed off as nineteenth-century romantic fiction. Its understanding, beginning,
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In the middle ages, the notion of courtly love was a new concept, which was discovered in the medieval period. They were also the first to express this kind of love, or romantic passion through art, poetry, plays, and other artistic means. Before then, the lack of literary and social framework in the Christian world before the 11th Century inhibited the expression of love in literature. The only kind of love highlighted in many Christian literatures including the Beowulf or the song of the Roland is the religious traditional Agape kind of love-platonic/ Christian love for all humanity, as brothers and sisters of one family.
The literature of the church was considered anti-feminists. In fact, in the middle ages the taste makes in feudal societies often said, marry not for love but for real estate and heir, and a common quote was ‘marry a fief and get a wife thrown in with the bargain’. In addition, idealized love, or courtly love, in the middle ages was against the practical economics of marriage. Furthermore, passion was prohibited by the church until courtly love came along and remained outside marriage. With time, the term courtly love was accepted. In 1936, C S Lewis wrote the ‘the Allegory of love and further

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