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The Making of Romantic LoveLonging and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE$
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William M. Reddy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226706269

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.001.0001

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Aristocratic Speech, the Gregorian Reform, and the First Troubadour

Aristocratic Speech, the Gregorian Reform, and the First Troubadour

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The Making of Romantic Love

William M. Reddy

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents evidence in support of a novel explanation of the origins of courtly love. It discusses three features of twelfth-century social life that combined to shape the courtly love ideal: a specific form of aristocratic speech; a related approach to kinship reckoning, gender identities, and “sexual” relationships; and the impact of the Gregorian Reform.

Keywords:   courtly love, twelfth century, social life, aristocratic speech, kinship, gender identities, sexual relationships, Gregorian Reform

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