courtly love

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courtly love

n.
An idealized and often illicit form of love celebrated in the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in which a knight or courtier devotes himself to a noblewoman who is usually married and feigns indifference to preserve her reputation.

courtly love

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a tradition represented in Western European literature between the 12th and the 14th centuries, idealizing love between a knight and a revered (usually married) lady

court′ly love′


n.
a highly stylized code of conduct between lovers, often the subject of medieval literature.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.courtly love - (Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers
code of behavior, code of conduct - a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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In an inventive essay on Chretien de Troyes' Lancelot du Lac (1883) he introduced the term amour courtois to describe the illicit, secret, demeaning, and ultimately disastrous love of Lancelot and Queen Guinevere.
The concluding chapter turns to Denis de Rougemont, one of the inventors of that concept of amour courtois /courtly love which has kept so many scholars of medieval culture in employment.