Courtly love defined the romance between a knight and his lady love.

The stories of Marie de France and Chrétien de Troyes illustrate the conventions of courtly love.

Surely some of them wrote about their attitudes to courtly love?

The Knight's wife had good reason for concern, for the use of the language of courtly love for the purpose of mere seduction was not restricted to the fabliaux.

In Lanval, the fairy lover chooses Lanval because he is “worthy and courtly” (Lawall 1319).

Thus, "Courtly Love" emerged and remained outside of marriage.

True, medieval jobs were not all fulfilling or stepping stones to success and status, as we envision the knight's position in the lord's court but ..........." Read up on what folks actually did all day. And .

It is courtly love in the life of the chivalric classes in the later Middle Ages.

Afterward, each one taking leave of his [lady], in their presence [they] marched on to encounter with the enemies, with that fierceness of courage that Love, and the desire to show their ladies that they were served with valiant men, gave them.

Donaldson has announced that "courtly love" is only a critical myth, D.


The term Courtly love had not existed in the fourteenth century.

The fact that prigs like Geoffrey de la Tour Landry and scoundrels like William Gold could so easily use the language of courtly love was one of its problems; the noble art of love talking was all too open to abuse by clever scoundrels, such as those clerks in the fabliaux, who realized the tactical advantages of love talking to impressionable young ladies.

"The System of Courtly Love." 1913.

The courtly young man could not resist so obvious an opening:

"Damsel, it were better to fall to be your prisoner than to many another, for I trow your prison should not be so hard to me as it should if I were taken by the English." And she answered, "I have seen some no long since that I would you were my prisoner." "Would you, " I asked her, "put them in evil prison?" "Nay," she said, "I would keep them as I would my own body." I said, "Happy is he that might come into so noble a prison. "
Readers of will recognize the resemblance between this conversation and the "luf talkynge" of Gawain and Bercilak's lady, which also begins with the playful use of the common courtly metaphor of the prison. Even the outcome is somewhat similar, for on reflection the knight decided, "She was so pert and light of manners that she caused me to be displeased with her." He left and never returned, "for which I have since after thanked God." He was, as I have noted, a bit of a prig, but his easy use of the conventional language of courtly love shows that in his time even chivalric prigs talked like courtly lovers.

Henry VIII himself was trying to use the style of courtly love.

For a true lover's heart forgetteth never the woman that once he hath truly loved. Clearly the Knight does not regard his passion as sinful, for as readers of his book know, Geoffrey de la Tour Landry was somewhat puritanical, even priggish.

These are parental, courtly bawdy and mercenary love.

In my essay I will be examining the first act of the play and exploring Romeo as a courtly lover and his transition from loving Rosaline to loving Juliet.