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 particular concern in this paper is the involvement of women in sport during the Middle Ages and Renaissance period and, indeed, the analysis will examine this involvement as to woman’s role as spectator or participant.
This is a defence of the characters of Criseyde and of Diomede based, inter alia, on a close textual analysis.
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”?