is Andreas Capellanus’ De Amore. This disconcerting treatise provides us with the only true art of courtly love that we possess, but it also contains a very harsh. The Literary Comedy of Andreas Capellanus. Michael D. Cherniss. The earliest recorded information about Andreas Capellanus’s De amore indicates that only. De Amore reflects 12th century thought through its outline of the principles governing De Amore, written by Andreas Capellanus, is a treatise about the art of.

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Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? This book takes love as established, and begins with a discussion of how love is maintained and how and why it comes to an end pp. Douglas Kelly refers 4 judiciously but briefly to Drouart and to Robertson’s reading of the prologue: In his prologue he gives no hint that he found in Andreas’s treatise an ironic condemnation of sexual love, nor that he looked on it as in any sense a work of edification. Frederick Ungar,p.

To what extent Drouart’s reaction to the De amore is typical of his time and class is, of course, open to question. And yet he has such shining virtue he is worthy amors recieve the glory of the royal crown and almost the whole capellanud resounds with his praises. Perhaps the clerkly audience, to which Andreas presumably addressed himself, was so conditioned by the.

After this rire 2, both friends began to urge him to translate the book, because the matter was entertaining and the manner agreeable. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. His work, De Amore About Loveprovided a detailed and often satirical wndreas to courtly love. The incontrovertible fact of influence does not, of course, anore itself tell us how the treatise was received, nor why other medieval writers found it worthy of study and use. De tele amour vient grant proece Et Diex giares ne dw courece.

This principle is seen at work when the capriciousness of the lady is causing all the lover’s woes as they are described in the poems of the troubadours. De amore describes the affection between spouses as an unrelated emotion, stating that “love can have no place between husband and wife,” although they may feel even “immoderate affection” for one amorr.


As appears in The Middle Ages: It includes reasons why love affairs of the sort found in this book should not be conducted, and that personal abstinence from love was the preferred route. Andreas Capellanus defines love as a passion arising from the contemplation of beauty in the opposite sex, and it is on this definition that the wndreas system rests. Andresa f r deutsches Altertum und deutsche Literatur, “If Knapp’s remarks on language and style encourage others to pay renewed and closer attention to the text, that can only be good for our understanding of this seminal and still much-debated work.

De Amore by Andreas Capellanus

Sources in Medieval HistoryBrian Tierney, 4th edition, p. Yet he would not have undertaken the translation on his own initiative ; it was the urging of friends that brought him to do what he would not otherwise have done, having plenty of other things to occupy him. It is clear that a number of people in the generation following that of Capeloanus believed that he had written an important book ; an impressive quantity of quotations, imitations, and translations.

Tatlock was andteas the first to use Drouart in an effort to throw light on the Tractatus. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

To engage even superficially in such a study is to learn very soon that rire does not betoken exclusively laughter, nor is its cause exclusively amusement.

From Whence Love is Named “Love amor ” is derived from the word “hook amar “, which signifies “capture” or “be captured.

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The aforementioned distinction of classes does not prohibit me from being numbered among the superior classes or to ask the rewards of a higher class, provided that can justly object to me on the grounds of my character. Though sensual love underlay the system, voluptuousness was regarded as killing the real love, and the lover was required to show nobility of character and moderation in all his conduct.


Robert Bossuat lists these traces of various kinds of influence in. It must be remembered, however, that Old French rire meant not only ‘ to laugh at ‘ but also ‘ to smile approvingly ‘. The book is believed to have been intended to portray conditions at Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine’s court at Poitiers between andand written the request of her daughter, Countess Marie of Troyes.

Looking for beautiful books? Courtly love is illicit and, for the most part, adulterous. As it happens, some such evaluation is extant, although it is oddly neglected by certain interpreters of Andreas’s intentions and even more oddly emphasized by others. And if you think yourself not beautiful, then you should consider me a true lover, since your beauty seems to me to be greater than that of all other women; love makes even an ugly woman seem beautiful to her lover.

Drouart la Vache, p.

In the courtly love system marriage has no place. Or could it be that Drouart thinks the original form, or the translation, of Andreas’s text might be simply unpopular, in that it offers in the first books an ironical condemnation andreass a fashionable but sinful pastime?

Moreover, you claim to be numbered among the knights, yet I discern in you much that is contrary and harmful to that state.

Walsh includes Trojel’s Latin text with his own facing English translation with explanatory notes, commentary and indexes, along with introduction which sets the treatise in its contemporary context and assesses its purpose and importance.

Generally, potentialities for humor in the Middle Ages are neglected by literary scholars