Courtly Love-Eleanor of Aquitaine is credited with the introduction of 'courtly love' to France and later England. Courtly Love was meant to be platonic, romantic 'courtship', by a man, of a Lady, (not his wife) whose social position was above his own. An unattainable Lover. This romantic play was an accepted part of Court life. Evidence of this sort of play was, sadly, used against Anne Boleyn.

Courtly Love-Eleanor of Aquitaine is credited with the introduction of 'courtly love' to France and later England. Courtly Love was meant to be platonic, romantic 'courtship', by a man, of a Lady, (not his wife) whose social position was above his own. An unattainable Lover. This romantic play was an accepted part of Court life. Evidence of this sort of play was, sadly, used against Anne Boleyn.

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Medieval Courtly Love. (2014, June). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-knights/medieval-courtly-love.htm

Medieval Courtly Love. (2014, June). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://www.medieval-life-and-times.info/medieval-knights/medieval-courtly-love.htm

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'Garden of Pleasure' - a detail.  Roman de la Rose. Bruges c. 1490-1500
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Vintage British lithographed biscuit tin with courtly love scene scene. Antique Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin.

Vintage British lithographed biscuit tin with courtly love scene scene. Antique Huntley and Palmers biscuit tin.

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Coffret (Minnekästchen), 1325-50. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund and The Cloisters Collection, by exchange, 1950 (50.141) | The coffret embodies the notions of courtly love, a concept that developed during the feudal period and imagined romance as playful warfare between the suitor and beloved.

Coffret (Minnekästchen), 1325-50. German. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund and The Cloisters Collection, by exchange, 1950 (50.141) | The coffret embodies the notions of courtly love, a concept that developed during the feudal period and imagined romance as playful warfare between the suitor and beloved.

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German, Casket with Scenes of Courtly Love, Cloisters. I love that inner lid. However, I would -not- be using swastikas as decoration. Too much baggage there.

German, Casket with Scenes of Courtly Love, Cloisters. I love that inner lid. However, I would -not- be using swastikas as decoration. Too much baggage there.

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Remember me to one who lives there She once was a true love of mine
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Courtly Love. (1998). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://condor.depaul.edu/dsimpson/tlove/courtlylove.html

Courtly Love. (1998). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://condor.depaul.edu/dsimpson/tlove/courtlylove.html

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