Definition of Courtly love

1. Noun. (Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers.

Generic synonyms: Code Of Behavior, Code Of Conduct
Category relationships: Dark Ages, Middle Ages



Definition of Courtly love

1. Noun. A mediaeval European conception of noble and chivalrous love, generally secret and between members of the nobility. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Courtly Love

courtiery
courting
courtisanerie
courtisaneries
courtless
courtlet
courtlets
courtlier
courtliest
courtlike
courtliness
courtlinesses
courtling
courtlings
courtly
courtly love (current term)
courtroom
courtrooms
courts
courts-baron
courts-leet
courts-martial
courts martial
courts of equity
courts of law
courtsey
courtship
courtships
courtside
courtsides

Literary usage of Courtly love

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1. The Indebtedness of Chaucer's Works to the Italian Works of Boccaccio: (a by Hubertis Maurice Cummings (1916)
"courtly love is illicit and, foi the most part, adulterous. "Indeed, in the courtly love system marriage has no place." 3. ..."

2. English Literature: From the Norman Conquest to Chaucer by William Henry Schofield (1906)
"Even in early forms of the story of Tristram and Ysolt we get hints of the new conceptions of courtly love that were soon to pervade mediaeval romance. ..."

3. The Arthur of the English Poets by Howard Maynadier (1907)
"Besides setting forth these rules and others for unquestioning obedience in a lover, the Flos Amoris explains the system of courtly love by considering ..."

4. Trouvères and Troubadours: A Popular Treatise by Pierre Aubry (1914)
"I have laid stress on the need for Christian ideals to inspire courtly love with its noble and lofty qualities. When a trouvere followed up the praises of ..."

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