• Sir Gawain And The Green Knight Chivalry
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    Most women dream of one day finding a knight in shining armor, a man that will give her love and loyalty forever. This conception of a knight began in the 12 th century and is present in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The story has a mystique that combines Christian virtues, aristocratic qualities, and the courtly love of women. Chivalry was a system of ethical ideals developed among the knights of medieval Europe. Chivalry was the code of conduct by which knights were supposedly guided. Arisi...
  • Courtly Love Gawain Knight Green
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    In the Fourteenth Century, Feudalism and its offspring, chivalry, were in decline due to drastic social and economic changes. In this light, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight presents both a nostalgic support of the feudal hierarchies and an implicit criticism of changes, which, if left unchecked will lead to its ultimate destruction. I would suggest that the women in the story are the Gawain poet's primary instruments in this critique and reinforcement of Feudalism. By positioning The Virgin Mary...
  • The Knight And The Cart
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    The Knight of the Cart By the end of eleventh century, Western Europe had experienced a powerful cultural revival. The flourish of New towns provided a place for exchange of commerce and flow of knowledge and ideas. Universities, which replaced monasteries as centers of learning, poured urbanized knowledge into society. New technological advances and economics transformations provided the means for building magnificent architectures. These developments were representative of the mental and behav...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, courtly love is used to test the loyalty and faith of Sir Gawain. One definition of courtly love was a code of behavior that defined the relationship between aristocratic lovers in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Influenced by contemporary chivalric ideals (Encarta Encyclopedia). Although courtly love was a part of chivalry, it also helped to define it. Since this was during the time of the Crusades, strict adherence to Christian morals was required of ...
  • Courtly Love Back Goddess Text
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    The Enduring Popularity of Courtly Love Not long after the turn of the first millennium, C. E. , a phenomenon known as 'courtly love' emerged in medieval Europe. Andreas Capellanus, chaplain to Marie de France and author of the classic The Art of Courtly Love, defined Love as '... a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex, which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other and by common desire to carry ...
  • Sir Gawain And The Green Knight
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    Women, Courtly Love and the Creation Myth in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a great epic written in fourteenth century Europe by the Pearl poet, emphasizes the opposition of Christian love to Courtly love in the 13 th century through the dilemma of Sir Gawain, one of the great knights of the Arthurian round table. By examining the women in the poem, Gawain's dilemma becomes a metaphor for the contrast of these two distinct types of love. The poem looks upon the ...
  • Courtesy Through Satire Courtly Love
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    In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as courtesy through satire. In the fourteenth century, courtesy embodied sophistication and an education in English international culture. The legends of chivalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, as is revealed in his cultural status, but he also retained an anecdotal humor about courtesy. One must only peruse h...
  • Heroism Courtly Love
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    Heroism is a legendary and supernatural quality. The term was first applied to tales concerned with knights, chivalry, and courtly love. Several romances deal with Alexander the Great, King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, and Emperor Charlemagne. The Arthurian romances fall into three broad groups. Some, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, are tales that involve the testing of a young knight. Others, such as the Tristan und Is olt of Gottfried von Strassburg, describe the confli...
  • Guillaume De Mauchet Machaut Chaucer Love
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    handout: Guillaume de Machaut Noelle Chamorro, September 19, 2000 Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) Born to commoners, Machaut came from humble origins in the Champagne -Ardenne region of Northern France. He was educated in theology and letters with a master of arts degree. He became almoner (secretary) to Jean of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia, in 1323. Machaut married Jean of Luxembourg s daughter, Bonne. His duties as almoner included accompanying the king on his crusades. This experience gave Ma...
  • Lord Or Lover Courtly Love
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    The nobility of Sir Gawain from " Sir Gawain and the Green Knight " and Sir Lancelot from "Morte Darthur" diminishes once their treasonous behavior contradicts their chivalric oath to their lord due to conflicts between the ethics of courtly love and th ethics of their knightly code. These two characters are placed in certain events that conflict the more important allegiance to their lord with the values of courtly love causing them to make decisions that aren't necessarily the honorable thing ...
  • Chaucer's Use Of Courtly Love
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    Chaucer's Use of "Courtly Love" Chaucer admired and made use of the medieval "courtly love" romance tradition, although he did not fully "buy into it." The "courtly love" code is based on the woman as the center of attention. The medieval knight suffers greatly for his love, who is often someone else's wife. He will do anything to protect and honor her, remaining faithful at all costs. Adultery and secrecy characterize these relationships. The knight views a woman and experiences true love. The ...
  • Courtly Love Lyric Century Troubadours
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    Courtly Love, code of behavior that defined the relationship between aristocratic lovers in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. The Idea of courtly love developed among the higher classes of Europe during the late-1100 s. The idea of courtly love was that a man passionately devoted himself to a lady who was married or engaged to another man. Because medieval marriages were made up of little more than business contracts, courtly love was dube d as the only true romance in the lives of many Eur...
  • Chivalry In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
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    In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as curteisye through satire. In the fourteenth century curteisye embodied sophistication and an education in French international culture. The legends of chivalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, and he reveled in his cultural status, but he also retained an anecdotal humor about curteisye. One must only peruse...
  • Le Morte D'arthur The Chivalric Code
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    An act of chivalry is described as the qualifications or character of the ideal knight. Knights were expected to uphold this code of conduct. In the English literature Le Morte d'Arthur, French for 'The Death of Arthur', by Sir Thomas Malory, the characters display acts of chivalry from beginning to end. Though the code of chivalry contains many qualities or acts, nevertheless bravery, loyalty, and courtly love are demonstrated more throughout this literature. Bravery is the mental or moral stre...
  • Courtly Love Women Tale Relationship
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    The first tale is told by a Knight recently returned from the Crusades. Because the Knight is presented as a traditional, old-fashioned sort of fellow, it should come as no surprise that he tells a tale of courtly love. What is courtly love? This term refers to a phenomenon of the late middle ages when women were accorded an almost religious status, and the act of seeking a woman's favor took on the flavor of a religious quest. Ironically, however, while women seem to be central to the story, in...
  • Arranged Marriage Love Romeo Juliet
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    The main theme in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet is that of love. Shakespeare uses various ways to display the theme of love, notably in the characters varied attitudes towards love and also the different language devices in the play. Characters attitudes towards love are sometimes developed and changed throughout the play, allowing for Shakespeare to show more opinions of love that may have been common in his day. From the play it is noticeable that actions and attitudes towards love have ...
  • Courtly Love Thou Shalt
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    relationship is modelled on the feudal relationship between a knight and his liege lord. The knight serves his courtly lady (love service) with the same obedience and loyalty which he owes to his liege lord. She is in complete control of the love relationship, while he owes her obedience and submission (a literary convention that did not correspond to actual practice! ) The knight's love for the lady inspires him to do great deeds, in order to be worthy of her love or to win her favor. Thus "cou...
  • Courtly Love And Shakespeare
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    Courtly Love Courtly love is a "code of behavior that defined the relationship between aristocratic lovers in Western Europe during the Middle Ages [1200 A. D. to 1300 A. D. ]" (Microsoft Encarta 97). In most cases, courtly love involved "a lady and her lover," the lover usually being a knight or nobleman, and the lady being both married and from a family of equal wealth. William Shakespeare took this form of love (which was still common practice in his generation) and developed Romeo and Julie...
  • Eleanor Of Aquitaine And Courtly Love
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    Eleanor of Aquitaine was born in 1122 as the heiress of Duchy of Aquitaine. When she was 15 she married Louis VII who was the king of France. Four years later they went off on the Second Crusade. Eleanor with 300 other women went along to take care of the wounded. During the crusade she became close to her uncle, Raymond while in the city of Antioch where he was prince. This relationship was crucial to the annulment of Eleanor's and Louis marriage in 1152 after they had two daughters. A year la...
  • Courtly Love Chaucer Curteisye French
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    Chivalry In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Essay, Research Chivalry In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales In his Canterbury Tales, Chaucer fully explicates the cultural standard known as curteisye through satire. In the fourteenth century curteisye embodied sophistication and an education in French international culture. The legends of chivalric knights, conversing in the language of courtly love, matured during this later medieval period. Chaucer himself matured in the King's Court, and he reveled in his c...