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The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Irving Singer


This second volume of the author’s trilogy The Nature of Love studies the ideas and ideals of medieval courtly love and nineteenth-century Romantic love, as well as the transition between these two perspectives. According to the traditions of courtly love in the twelfth century and thereafter, not only God but also human beings in themselves are capable of authentic love. The pursuit of love between man and woman was seen as a splendid ideal that ennobles both the lover and the beloved. It was something more than libidinal sexuality and involved sophisticated and highly refined courtliness tha ... More

Keywords: medieval courtly love, Romantic love, authentic love, pursuit of love, lover, beloved, courtliness, religious love, holy union, Neoplatonist philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262512732
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Irving Singer, author