courtly love(redirected from Amour courtois)
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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.
(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
a highly stylized code of conduct between lovers, often the subject of medieval literature.
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|Noun||1.||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