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Courtly Love Thesis - Emilia Wilson English 11A Thesis Paper The idea of courtly love defined by Merriam-Webster as a late medieval

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Emilia Wilson English 11A December 15, 2008 Thesis Paper The idea of courtly love, defined by Merriam-Webster as “a late medieval conventionalized code prescribing conduct and emotions of ladies and their lovers,” makes flirtation and attraction more open between two people, no matter of their relationship status with another person. Examples of courtly love can be found in many romances, including the Lady of Shallot, Araby, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. These stories that illustrate courtly love show another aspect to the idea; courtly love can constrain the two involved in courtly love. In the Lady of Shallot, her castle keeps her in captivity and restrains her from contact with Lancelot. Although courtly love is intended to release men and women from constricting ideals, it inadvertently restricts everyone to a stringent set of rules concerning romance. The rules of courtly love concern topics from widowhood to the age at which someone truly love. “When made public, love rarely endures” and “If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives” are just two rules of courtly love ( The Art of Courtly
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This note was uploaded on 03/02/2009 for the course ENGL 4611 taught by Professor Ake,k during the Fall '09 term at UConn.

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Courtly Love Thesis - Emilia Wilson English 11A Thesis Paper The idea of courtly love defined by Merriam-Webster as a late medieval

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