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Unformatted text preview: PHIL 225g Spring 2012 Lecture 7 outline--Conceptions of love in the Christian Middle Ages I--Abelard and Heloise Overview: Medieval writers very much preoccupied with romantic love as a theme--often called ‘Medieval romance literature’ or ‘Courtly love literature’ or ‘Chivalric literature’ • Important but controversial history: Love in the Western World by Denis de Rougemont (first published in French in 1940; if you want to read this try to get hold of the ‘Revised and Augmented edition’ of 1982) Great couples from the literature of this period • Tristan and Iseult [Isolde] (King Mark of Cornwall) • Lancelot and Guinevere (King Arthur) – knights of the round table • Abelard and Heloise Important works • Chrétien de Troyes wrote Four Arthurian romances, including ‘Yvain, the Knight of the Lion’ and ‘Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart’, written between 1177 and 1181, and the unfinished ‘Perceval, or the Story of the Grail’ • Marie de France, ‘The Lais of Marie de France’ ca. 1160 to 1215 • Thomas of Britain, Béroul, Gottfried von Strassbourg (all late 12th century)--versions of the Tristan and Iseult (or Isolt, or Isolde) story • The Vulgate, or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, or Prose Lancelot (ca. 1210-1230); ‘Lancelot of The Vulgate, or Lancelot-Grail Cycle, or Prose Lancelot (ca....
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- Spring '06
- 12th century, courtly love, Le Morte d'Arthur, Heloise, christian middle ages, ‘Medieval romance literature