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The Art of Courtly Love What Is Love What is love The question as to what love is is an age-old question that men and women have pondered since the beginning of time Dictionarycom tells us that love is A deep tender ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person such as that arising from kinship recognition of attractive qualities or a sense of underlying oneness We still wonder if love can be described in a simple dictionary definition In The Art of Courtly Love Capellanus gives us a straightforward definition much like this one in the beginning of the book It says Love is a certain inborn suffering derived from the sight of and excessive meditation upon the beauty of the opposite sex Which causes each one to wish above all things the embraces of the other and be common desire to carry out all loves precepts in the others embrace As we read on there are many more definitions some more complex some that would be seen as ridiculous in the twenty-first century and some that contradict them selves Capellanus leaves it up to his readers to decide for themselves the true definition of love Before we look at what love is how to approach it and how to keep it Capellanus gives the reader specific guidelines on who can love He tells us that there can be no love between people of the same sex or men or women whom have not reached full maturity p30 Later he also says that love may not exist within religious officials and that love from a woman who is too concerned with greed and money is a deadly enemy p145 From these statements one would fall under the impression that there is no love between a mother and a daughter or a father and a son No person under God even in the High Middle Ages has the right
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