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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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Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense

Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense

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(p.168) Three Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense
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The Making of Romantic Love
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William M. Reddy

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0004

This chapter considers the incorporation of the courtly love ideal into the verse narratives of some Arthurian romances. It also examines the question of how widely the principles of courtly love were actually put into practice in the twelfth century. The discussions cover the source material of Arthurian romance; a reading of Chrétien's “Lancelot”; aristocratic speech in the Tristan myth; the Lais of Marie de France; more real-life romances of the late twelfth century; and courtly love conventions' satirical treatment in fabliaux.

Keywords:   courtly love, verse narratives, Arthurian romances, Chrétien, Lancelot, aristocratic speech, Lais, Marie de France, fabliaux

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