The Medieval Magazine: Be My Medieval Valentine (Volume 3, Issue 3)

We’ve just released our latest issue of the Medieval Magazine! In this issue: 5 Ways to Win Her Heart! Images of Medieval Love: The Manuscript of Pierre Sala (Stowe 955) Remembering Antiquity: The Ancient World Through Medieval Eyes Same-Sex Wedding in Renaissance Rome? How to be a Romance Hero in Five Easy Steps And much, […]

Caught in Love’s Grip: Passion and Moral Agency in French Courtly Romance

French royal courts in the late twelfth century were absolutely smitten with love. Troubadaours traveled from place to place reciting stories of knights and the ladies they wooed.

The True Characters of Criseyde and of Diomede in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde: A Restoration of the Reputations of Two Misunderstood Characters Unjustly Maligned in Literary Criticism

This is a defence of the characters of Criseyde and of Diomede based, inter alia, on a close textual analysis.

The science of love in the Middle Ages, the romantic period, and our own time

I begin with a number of fascinating and difficult questions. Why did man originally create, and why does he continue to create, works on the “science of love”?

Beyond Beatrice: from Love Poetry to a Poetry of Love

Beyond Beatrice: from Love Poetry to a Poetry of Love By Brian Reynolds Paper given at the Fu Jen Fourth Annual Medieval Conference: Chivalry and Knighthood in Middle Ages (2003) Introduction: In this essay I shall consider how Dante combines elements from the Marian tradition with the conventions of courtly love in drawing together literary, […]

The Concept of Courtly Love as an Impediment to the Understanding of Medieval Texts

I have never been convinced that there was any such thing as what is usually called courtly love during the Middle Ages. However, it is obvious that courtly love does exist in modern scholarship and criticism, and that the idea appeals to a great many people today.

Get a Room: Private Space and Private People in Old French and Middle English Love Stories

This study explores the way in which one circumstance of daily life in the twelfth to fourteenth centuries—the relative scarcity of private space—influenced the literature of courtly love.

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