Eleanor of Aquitaine, courtly love, and the troubadours /​ ffiona Swabey. Eleanor, of Aquitaine, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of England, ? Eleanor of Aquitaine – Harmony and Happiness of Courtly Love women became the province of troubadours, who were both composers and. Eleanor Aquitaine’s literary role, I have gathered scattered information from the growth of courtly love literature in France has been sufficiently studied. 2.

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This single location in South Australia: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Critical issues are explained, and maps, illustrations, a multi-media bibliography and annotated primary documents are included. Paul Gallico ‘s novel The Adventures of Hiram Holliday depicts a Romantic modern American consciously seeking to model himself on the ideal Medieval knight.

He was a fine knight at arms, liberal in his womanizing, and a fine composer and singer of songs. This single location in Western Australia: During the medieval period the relationship between a knight and his liege lord was most important.

Rougemont also said that courtly love subscribed to the code of chivalryand therefore a knight’s loyalty was always to his King before his mistress. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, contact us!

However, it is unclear what a poet should do: Lewis wrote The Allegory of Love further solidifying courtly love as a “love of a highly specialized sort, whose characteristics may be enumerated as Humility, Courtesy, Adultery, and the Religion of Love”. The rose represents the female body, but the romance also contains lengthy digressive “discussions on free will versus determinism as well as on optics and the influence of heavenly bodies on human behavior”. The rules of courtly love were codified by the late 12th century in Andreas Capellanus ‘ highly influential work De Amore “Concerning Love”.

Her daughter Marie, Countess of Champagne brought courtly behavior to the Count of Champagne ‘s court. Contacts between these Spanish poets and the French troubadours were frequent. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Expressing personal feelings in relation to the beauty and bountiful joys of women became the province of troubadours, who were both composers and performers of lyrical poetry set to romantic music.

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We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search. He was the earliest troubadour, some of whose work still survives as a testimony to his romantic adventures.

The lyrical use of the word midons, borrowed from Guilhem de Poitouallowed troubadours to address multiple listeners—the lords, men, and women of the court alike. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Courtly Love, and the Troubadours

State Library of NSW. The crusade did not go well, and Eleanor and Louis grew increasingly estranged. Adapted from Barbara W. Learn how your comment data is processed. The University of Melbourne.

Historian John Benton found no documentary evidence in law codes, court cases, chronicles or other historical documents. Author Swabey, Ffiona, author.

She was placed under the guardianship of the king of France, and within hours was betrothed to his son and heir, Louis.

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The troubadour’s model of the ideal lady was the wife of his employer or lord, a lady of higher status, usually the rich and powerful female head of the castle. Cambridge Companion to Medieval Music. There are no historical records that offer evidence of its presence in reality. If only I could see into the future to know what will really happen — Astrology by John William Waterhouse. Troubadours were poets and musicians whose art form flourished mostly between the 11 th and 13 th centuries.

Many scholars identify courtly love as the “pure love” described in by Capellanus in De amore libri tres:. Inheriting a vast estate at the age of 15 made her the most sought-after bride of her generation. Courtly love found its expression in the lyric poems written by troubadourssuch as William IX, Duke of Aquitaine —one of the first troubadour poets.

It has also been suggested that the prevalence of arranged marriages required other outlets for the expression of more personal occurrences of romantic love, and thus it was not in reaction to the prudery or patriarchy of the Church but to the nuptial customs of the era that courtly love arose. This kind consists in the contemplation of the mind and the affection of the heart; it goes as far as the kiss and the embrace and the modest contact with the nude lover, omitting the final solace, for that is not permitted for those who wish to love purely Eleanor reputedly exerted a great deal of influence on the destiny of her children, including Richard the Lionheart and King John.


Accounts of Eleanor of Aquitaine’s life provides a rare glimpse into women’s lives during the medieval period, and though an admittedly extraordinary figure, we are able to draw some general conclusions about marriage and motherhood.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor, queen of England: La Trobe University Library. The notion of the “ennobling power” of love was developed in the early 11th century by the Persian psychologist and philosopherIbn Sina known as “Avicenna” in Europein his treatise Risala fi’l-Ishq “Treatise on Love”.

Some poems are physically sensual, even bawdily imagining nude embraces, while others are highly spiritual and border on the platonic. She has been involved in hhe creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit social profit community events.

Several troubadours became extremely wealthy playing the fiddle and singing their songs about courtly love for a courtly audience.

This can be inferred because people at court were encouraged or expected to be “courtly” and be proficient in many different areas, including music. With its captivating themes of love, ladies and passion in the courts of Europe it was not long before it became known as romantic literature. Eleanor brought him to the English court, where he composed cool stuff like this. In troubadoyrs cases, there were also women troubadours who expressed the same sentiment for men.