Courtly Love Through History

Oplægget ved Tue Sørensen, stud.mag., finder sted d. 22. oktober i lokale 22.0.49 på Ny KUA, kl. 17.15.

This paper examines the historical development of courtly love and related attitudes, arguing that courtly love is a force in favor of increased gender equality, having evolved from a misogynist “fatal love” mindset in antiquity. The paper attempts to demonstrate that courtly love can be seen as having two successive forms: first the rebellion against loveless marriage, justifying and sanctioning the promiscuous behavior of women that the troubadour songs criticize, and thereafter a compromise between the extremes of misogyny and emancipation, becoming the calmer, more well-behaved and inoffensive conventions of honor and chastity that the troubadour songs praise.

The trend started by medieval courtly love can be seen as perhaps the first movement in history that gives women a proper voice, putting women in a position to be spoken to and to be listened to.

This paper suggests that courtly love is a progressive status that women largely created for themselves in response to, and in interaction with, the troubadour songs. They were able to do this because their domestic power and self-rule rose sharply during the crusades, where many of the men were away from home. Courtly love is an important element in the history of gender roles and gender interaction, which can hopefully inform us about the human nature that shapes the progress of history.

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