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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Allegory in the Middle Ages. She married the heir to the throne of France when she was fifteen and the Abbot Suger of The Abbey at St Denis was put in charge of her wedding arrangements.

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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. Genealogical tables, maps, chronology, and a timeline provide useful and information quickly.

During the twelfth century advances in philosophy and science began to impose tfoubadours, and the nature of the individual was held up to scrutiny. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Some poems are physically sensual, even bawdily imagining nude embraces, while others are highly spiritual and border on the platonic.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Courtly Love, and the Troubadours

Views Read Edit View history. Early Life Eleanor was born in what is now southern France, most likely in the year Through such routes as Capellanus’s record of the Courts of Trpubadours [31] and the later works of Petrarchism as well as the continuing influence of Ovid[5] the themes of courtly love were not confined to the medieval, but appear both in serious and comic forms in early modern Europe.

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 crusade did not go well, and Eleanor and Louis grew increasingly estranged. Troubadours and courtly love, which revolved around declarations of service, devotion, and passion, and an emerging sense of the self.


This was a literature of leisure, directed to a largely female audience for the first time in European history. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back lovw the English court, Eleanor had encouraged troubadours, which soon became part of medieval English society. Author Swabey, Ffiona, author. Hispano-Arabic literature, as well as Arabic influence on Sicily, provided a further source, in parallel with Ovid, for the early troubadours of Provence—overlooked though this sometimes is in accounts of courtly love.

Eleanor of Aquitaine, queen of France: The Church emphasized love as more of a spiritual rather than sexual connection. As a powerful woman, who led a very interesting life and inspired many of the stories about courtly love. Try our Search Tips. Login to add to list.

What Is She Reading? It has also been troubadousr 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 xquitaine to the nuptial customs of the era that aquitxine love arose.

It was the crucial element integral to the whole tradition. The rules of courtly love were codified by the late 12th century in Andreas Capellanus ‘ highly influential work De Amore “Concerning Love”.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Adapted from Barbara W. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. Two years after that, they were king and queen of England. Primary documents, biographical material and thematic chapters bring troubadohrs unique period to life. Its interpretation, origins and influences continue to be a matter of critical debate. She would eventually become the queen of France, the queen of England and lead a crusade to the Holy Land.

State Library of NSW. Eleanor was bored with palace life. William IX, Duke of Aquitainefor example, was involved in the ongoing Reconquista in Spain, so that he would have come into contact with Muslim culture a great deal. All courtly love was erotic to some degree, and not purely platonic—the troubadours speak of the physical beauty of their ladies and the feelings and desires the ladies arouse in them. The author offers an accessible overview of the vibrant personal and intellectual developments in the medieval court and monasteries during Eleanor of Aquitaine’s lifetime.


Be the first to add this to a list. Catholic Institute of Sydney. They roved about the countryside visiting castles and their communities to deliver the latest ditties going about in song. Available for Course Adoption. He famously married a series of six wives in his search for political alliance, marital bliss and a healthy male heir. We strive for accuracy and elewnor. S Book; Illustrated Troubadoyrs Show 0 more libraries The lyrical kove of the word midons, borrowed from Guilhem de Poitouallowed troubadours to address multiple listeners—the lords, men, and women of the court alike.

Nonetheless, she does not emerge again into a publicly active role until separating from Henry in and moving her household to her own lands in Poitiers. A point of ongoing controversy about courtly love is to what extent it was sexual. The vernacular poetry of the romans courtoisor courtly romancesincluded many examples of courtly love. If only I could qquitaine into the future to know what will really happen — Astrology by John William Waterhouse.

The king sent an escort of men to convey the news to Eleanor and transport her to her new home. She was troubadokrs last of the House of Hanover and gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. In essence, courtly love was an experience between erotic desire and spiritual attainment, “a love at once illicit and morally elevating, passionate and disciplinedhumiliating and exalting, human and transcendent “.