courts of love

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courts of love:

see chivalrychivalry
, system of ethical ideals that arose from feudalism and had its highest development in the 12th and 13th cent.

Chivalric ethics originated chiefly in France and Spain and spread rapidly to the rest of the Continent and to England.
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 and courtly lovecourtly love,
philosophy of love and code of lovemaking that flourished in France and England during the Middle Ages. Although its origins are obscure, it probably derived from the works of Ovid, various Middle Eastern ideas popular at the time, and the songs of the troubadours.
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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.
I was soon proved wrong by Gilchrist's novel The Annunciation and by many of the stories in this very volume, which were selected by Gilchrist herself from In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, Victory Over Japan, Drunk With Love, Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle, The Age of Miracles, The Courts of Love and Flights of Angels.
In Aquitaine she had presided over the legendary Courts of Love, surrounding herself with minstrels and story-tellers, balladeers, and romantic singers.