The Art of Courtly Love

The Art of Courtly Love by Andreas Capellanus is a manual from the 12th century on how Medieval, Northern Europeans should love. It might be a satirical manual, but then it might earnestly explain how to tell what’s real. Capellanus’ ideal relationship is hyperromantic, but, then, possible.

Book Two: On the Rules of Love, Excerpts:

“He who is not jealous cannot love.”

“It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing”

“No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.”

“Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.”

“Every act of a lover ends in the thought of his beloved.”

“Love can deny nothing to love.”

“A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved.”



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