The Art of Courtly Love by Andreas CapellanusThe Art of Courtly Love by Andreas Capellanus

The Art of Courtly Love

byAndreas CapellanusTranslated byJohn Jay Parry

Paperback | May 16, 1990

Pricing and Purchase Info

$34.82 online 
$39.00 list price save 10%
Earn 174 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


After becoming popularized by the troubadours of southern France in the twelfth century, the social system of 'courtly love' soon spread. Evidence of the influence of courtly love in the culture and literature of most of western Europe spans centuries. This unabridged edition of codifies life at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between 1170 and 1174 into 'one of those capital works which reflect the thought of a great epoch, which explain the secret of a civilization.' This translation of a work that may be viewed as didactic, mocking, or merely descriptive, preserves the attitudes and practices that were the foundation of a long and significant tradition in English literature.

Andreas Capellanus (Andre the Chaplain) wrote The Art of Courtly Love at the request of Countess Marie of Troyes, daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The book is believed to have been intended to portray conditions at Queen Eleanor's court at Poitiers between 1170 and 1174, but Capellanus wrote it most likely several years later.
Title:The Art of Courtly LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.75 × 0.57 × 0.68 inPublished:May 16, 1990Publisher:Columbia University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231073054

ISBN - 13:9780231073059


Table of Contents

Editor's IntroductionAuthor's PrefaceBook One: Introduction to the Treatise on LoveI. What Love IsII. Between What Persons Love May ExistIII. Where Love Gets Its NameIV. What the Effect of Love IsV. What Persons Are Fit for LoveVI. In What Manner Love May Be Acquired and in How Many WaysVII. The Love of the ClergyVIII. The Love of NunsIX. Love Got With MoneyX. The Easy Attainment of One's ObjectXI. The Love of PeasantsXII. The Love of ProstitutesBook Two: How Love May Be RetainedI. How Love, When It Has Been Acquired, May Be KeptII. How a Love, Once Consummated, May Be IncreasedIII. In What Ways Love May Be DecreasedIV. How Love May Come to an EndV. Indications That One's Love Is ReturnedVI. If One of the Lovers Is Unfaithful to the OtherVII. Various Decisions in Love CasesVIII. The Rules of LoveBook Three: The Rejection of LoveBibliographyGenealogical Table