Page 1. The. Art of. Courtly. Love. Andreas Capellanus. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love (). Andreas “the Chaplain” writes this essay in three parts and addresses it to his According to Andreas. dominated the twelfth century in which Capellanus lived. Indeed, The Art of Courtly Love — the name is entrenched in. English, although it is a poor translation of.

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Andreas Capellanus sees this, and as a man in a very high position of power as a clerk, he considers himself a member of the highest nobilityhe tries andras take control of this great force that was sweeping over medieval society, and direct it towards his own ethical, social and political goals. In The Art of Courtly Love, he achieves this by setting himself up for a win-win situation.

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But what if the reader is to do the opposite, and embrace love? Well, if the reader and his beloved abide by the rules of love offered by Capellanus, then the most important thing that the lover will have to develop and maintain is excellence of character p.

Thus, regardless if the reader chooses to engage in the works of love or not, he will still end up performing Christian deeds. Thus, the first two books not only serve to teach the lover how to succeed in obtaining and maintaining his beloved, but also to instill in him a certain understanding of love. Love can be used as such a tool because a man who is in love, considers the good to be whatever pleases his beloved p.

Thus, the woman who is loved by a man is in a position of power, in which she can impose on him any system of ethics she wishes.

This is where the key to the whole problem of love lies. Depending on the innate nature of women, and how much that can be changed by culture, rules or learning, lies the value or danger of love. This is the assumption that serves as the foundation of the lov two books, and because of it women are as much of a target audience, if not even more important, than men.


We can see this scenario, of a woman cultivating the excellence of character in a suitor, unfolding in the dialogue between a man of the middle class and a woman of the higher nobility p. But it is not clear that the nature of women is good. Even though it is mentioned in the first two books that they seem to be the source of all good deeds p.

We see this happening in the dialogue between a man of zrt higher nobility and a woman of the same class. It is in it that we see that the nature of the woman is not necessarily good, and she needs to be educated by the man about the proper habits and rules of love, and constantly reminded about its rules p.

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Is he for or against love? Does courtlg consider the nature of women innately good, or innately bad? Xourtly work seems to be presenting two opposite and incompatible viewpoints simultaneously, and in order to discern his true position, we must first understand his method. Andreas has a very platonic way of approaching intellectual matters. He makes extensive use of philosophical dialogue in The Art of Courtly Love most of the work is actually in a dialogue form.

In the dialogues, a man and a woman present arguments for both sides of an issue like for example: The dialogues sometimes end with an impasse the dialogue between a man of the middle class a noble womansometimes the woman is convinced by the man the dialogue between a nobleman and a noblewomanand sometimes they have to appeal to a higher authority to decide whose argument is right the dialogue between a man of higher nobility and a woman of the same lve.

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The work itself approaches the form of a dialogue at a bigger scale, being similar to the last dialogue between the man and woman of higher nobilityin which two sides are in direct opposition to each other and a third party has to make a decision.


The first two books present a strong case for love, and the last book presents a case against anvreas, and Andreas decides against love.

But is that because of what he writes in book 3? But there are also arguments and claims in book 3 that cannot be reconciled with the first two books, such as the claims about the nature of women. Capellanus understands that his is a personal choice, and that many people will choose to embrace love despite the arguments offered against it.

For them, he has prepared an elaborate framework of love, through treatise, images 1 and rules. Under this framework, if a man is to be successful in love, than he must be: This excellence of character also includes Christian values such as not saying anything blasphemous regarding god, being respectful to the loev, going to church frequently and gladly listening to those who are preaching p.

In fact, if one is to stray away from the Catholic religion, then that would cause his love to come to an end p.

Thus, if one follows Capellanus and chooses to reject love, he will be a good Christian. Your email address will not be published.

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Another example of an image is the story about how andrras rules of love were made known to lovers pp. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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