courts of love


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courts of love

courts of love: see chivalry and courtly love.
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A recurring theme in the courts of love, and in romance literature in general, is the role of pity as an emotion that represents visible evidence of a lady's genuine feelings of love for a particular suitor.
In Aquitaine she had presided over the legendary Courts of Love, surrounding herself with minstrels and story-tellers, balladeers, and romantic singers.
Thus, the love potion, instead of being the direct cause of the tragedy as in primitive versions of the Tristan story, is treated with sophistication as a mere outward symbol of the nature of the lovers' passion--tragic because adulterous but justified by the "courts of love" because of its spontaneity, its exclusiveness, and its completeness.