Page 1. The. Art of. Courtly. Love. Andreas Capellanus. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (). Andreas “the Chaplain” writes this essay in three parts and addresses it to his According to Andreas. dominated the twelfth century in which Capellanus lived. Indeed, The Art of Courtly Love — the name is entrenched in. English, although it is a poor translation of.

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We can see this scenario, of a woman cultivating the excellence of character in a suitor, unfolding in the dialogue between a man of the middle class and a woman of the higher nobility p. Love always departs from the dwelling place of avarice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Love rarely lasts when it is revealed.

These rules are analyzed in detail in the chapter. Marriage is no excuse for not loving. Love can be used as such a tool because a man who is in love, considers ajdreas good to be whatever pleases his beloved p.

And if you think yourself not beautiful, then you should consider me a true lover, since your beauty seems to me to be greater than that of all other women; love makes even an ugly woman seem beautiful to her lover. Your email address will not be published.

The Art of Courtly Love Summary & Study Guide

Your words seem to be false, since I do not have a beautiful figure. It is not good for one lover to take anything against the will of the other. Another example of an image is the story about how the rules of love were made known to lovers pp.

But there are also arguments and claims in book 3 that cannot be reconciled with the first two books, such as the claims about the nature of women. We see this happening in the dialogue between a man of the higher nobility and a woman of the same class.

If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click “Accept” below then you are consenting to this. In fact, Andreas thinks that courtly love is not worth the cost. Andreas “the Chaplain” writes this essay in three parts and addresses it to his young male friend, Walter, who apparently has asked for instruction. Back to the English Syllabus View.


Love is an inborn suffering proceeding from the sight and immoderate thought upon the beauty of the other sex, for which cause above all other things one wishes to embrace the other and, by common assent, in this embrace to fulfill the commandments of love.

Love is understood as an internal suffering that results from being overwhelmed and focused upon the beauty of some member of the other sex.

Andreas Capellanus

After an introductory analysis of “What love is” Parry, pp. This book is a disclaimer for the rest of the work—as is evidenced by its heading. The Art of Courtly Love is a late twelfth century guide book on the genesis, maintenance, and rejection of courtly love. He who is not jealous can not love. John Jay Parry, who edited De Amorehas described it as “one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explains the secret of a civilization.

The rules of courtly love demanded that the knight serve his lady who may, inconveniently be married to someone else with all the devotion and fidelity that he owes to his liege-lord.

It also contains an important definition of love and two sets of rules for love, the longer of which is reproduced below. Book Three, The Rejection of Love. Capellanus tries to navigate through these waters, and comes up with many shocking suggestions along the way.

These dialogues are followed by short discussions of love with priests, with nuns, for money, with peasant women, and with prostitutes pp. In that time period, marriages tended to be arranged for social and economic reasons. Thus if, after a long period of proof, he is found worthy of love, a woman of the higher nobility may choose a plebian gentlemen as her lover.

Nothing prevents a woman from being loved by two men, or a man from being loved by two women. The third part discusses why love should be avoided and attempts to undo the work of the first two parts. But it is not clear that the nature of women is good. You should learn to object not to one’s legs but to one’s morals, since in objecting to legs you seem to be objecting to divine nature.

The lady says that she is not pleased that he ranks so far beneath her. But whether viewed as a guide to behavior or as a imaginary exercise in role-playing, The Art of Courtly Love is one of the essential books for anyone interested in probing the intricacies and contradictions of the medieval mind.


On the contrary, there is a king in Hungary who has very fat legs and big feet, and is almost entirely destitute of beauty. View a FREE sample. The ‘King of Love’ is said to have laid down thirty-one rules of love.

The twists and turns are so peculiar that scholars have sometimes suggested that the work should not be taken seriously. He who suffers from an excess of passion is not suited to love. This book is the briefest pp. The author divides The Art of Courtly Love into three books. This book takes love as established, and begins with a discussion of how love is maintained and how and why it comes to an end pp.

Is he for or against love? It includes reasons why love affairs of the sort found lovee this book should not be conducted, and that personal abstinence from love was the preferred route. This excellence of character also includes Christian values such as not saying anything blasphemous regarding god, being respectful to the clergy, going to church frequently lovs gladly listening to those who are preaching p.

Well, if the reader and his beloved abide by the rules llve love offered by Capellanus, then the most important thing that the lover will have to develop and maintain is excellence of character p. Andreas Capellanus sees this, and as a man in a very high position of power as a clerk, he considers himself a member of the highest nobilityhe tries to andrezs control of this great force that was sweeping over medieval society, and direct it towards his own ethical, social and political goals.

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. This produces a desire to want nothing more than the beloved. The book is known today for attempts to classify the rules of love.