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Fin amors means fine love or refined love and has had a profound influence on attitudes towards and between lovers and beloveds for centuries Essentially it is the knightly or noble worship of an ideal woman in which the act of loving is in itself ennobling and refining The ideals of fin amors arose in twelfth century France and spread throughout western and northern Europe and is very much associated with the Middle Ages when romances of chivalry started to take the place of old heroic narratives It is a major theme throughout medieval literature which has sometimes been characterised as the Age of Romance and it is a major Chaucerian theme This essay will discuss Chaucers treatment of fin amors particularly the tradition of the descriptio with reference to three of his major works The Book of the Duchess The Knights Tale and The Millers Tale Chaucers The Book of the Duchess has influences from Guillaume Lorriss Roman de la Rose which Chaucer had translated in its presentation of the dream-vision and also incorporates Ovids Metamorphoses story of Seys and Alcyone The convention of heroic love and traditions of fin amors are also very evident in the story it can even seem at times as if Chaucer goes out of his way to show his knowledge of the French tradition The speakers descriptions of the Knight and of his dress manner and speech are all directly associated with the fin amors idea of lovesickness indeed the speaker mistakes the Knights mourning of death for lovesickness from the beginning The Knight is typically clothed al in black 457 and is pitous pale 470 he disputed faste Why and how hys lyf might last 505-6 and he did notcould not hear the narrator at his first approach The Knight also shows the typical fin amors expectation to serve obey and worship his lady with unswerving loyalty The landscape of the dream-vision in The Book
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