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

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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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AMUSEUM is marking Valentine's Day by opening up 19th century books depicting cupid and courtly love.
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The opposite of heterosexual culture is nevertheless not homosexual culture or practices because, in many cases, the form of love that bound men together prior to the triumph of courtly love was not necessarily physically consummated.
He plays with the expected literary and Victorian associations of flowers by incorporating Sadean philosophy into his poem to demonstrate the brutality that underlies courtly love and love poetry itself.
In Beverly Taylor's view, such complexity is accomplished in part by Hemingway's play with and against the centuries-old conventions of courtly love that underlie contradictory conceptions of women and romance.
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The Rousseau two seater sofa from Barker and Stonehouse is reminiscent of a French parlour sofa and lends itself very well to elicit trysts and courtly love.
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WORCESTER - A Renaissance music Mass setting inspired by a courtly love song of the 16th century, and the French chanson itself, will be performed for what may be one of the first times in hundreds of years during a concert at 7:30 tonight by Capella Alamire at All Saints Church, 10 Irving St.
Le Roman D'Eneas is a rendering of Virgil's Aeneid, with the inclusion of Didon's seduction of Eneas's and with the addition of a lengthy courtly love section describing the delicious mutual attraction of Eneas and Lavine at the end of the story.