Courtly Love key info

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Main Ideas of Courtly Love

  • Love at first sight
  • Pains of love

  • Overcoming obstacles

  • Secrecy and love affairs


  • courting and wooing someone

  • giving of love tokens and gifts e.g trinkets, flowers, poetry

  • men being gentlemen, chivalrous


    Key Points


  • Rooted in 12th century

  • Alternatively known as ‘fin amor’

  • An aristocratic pastime

  • Originated in France – spread across Europe

  • Troubadours - performers of poetry

Examples for wider reading:

Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Millers Tale (courtly love and the subversion of it against the traditional values)


‘Fil with this yonge wyf to rage and pleye, / Whil


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