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By Monson

ISBN-10: 081321419X

ISBN-13: 9780813214191

This booklet, the 1st learn in English dedicated fullyyt to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, provides a finished inquiry into the impact of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, making use of tools of medieval philosophy and highbrow heritage to a huge challenge in medieval literary reviews. Eschewing polemics over authorial intentions, Don Monson develops an method of the work's that means via an exam of its shape.

The first a part of the ebook explores the commonplace id of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a pragmatic handbook. It relates this familiar complexity to a stress among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality by way of the professionals stated and the literary types structuring the discourse. In mild of those concerns, Monson examines the fashionable debate over ironic intentions.

The moment a part of the ebook experiences the work's which means when it comes to a dialectic among 4 traditions: vernacular poetry, feudal society, Christianity, and Ovid. the writer examines the scholastic definition, which defines love generically as an "emotion" (passio innata) and in particular by way of Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, wish, and should, the actual and psychological specifications for loving, and the dynamics of affection relationships. subsequent, the social ramifications of affection are mentioned: the competing claims of the Aristocracy of beginning and of advantage, and the jobs of carrier, generosity, courtesy, and popularity. the ultimate bankruptcy reports the moral measurement of the treatise, picking out complementary elements: an try to reconcile sexual love with Christian morality, by means of the rejection of affection at the grounds in their incompatibility.

Monson's thorough exam of the textual content demands a attractiveness of the profound complexity of the De amore, seen in its shape and contents. even though no longer a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a distinct place on the crossroads of numerous medieval traditions and should tremendously give a contribution to the certainty of affection in medieval literature and culture.


Don A. Monson is professor of French on the university of William and Mary.


"Monson masters the monstrous literature touching on Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the trendy number of interpretations. He offers a awesome analyzing of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, realized, and persuasive research so far. In a fashion by no means performed prior to he stories the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the method of Medieval artes, and Scholasticism.... a masterly ebook that brings unique perception into the twelfth-century international, recreating the cultural context for Andreas's treatise."--Paolo Cherchi, Professor Emeritus, college of Chicago

"Monson's thorough research of Andreas's very important treatise and applicable scholarship evaluates the that means of the paintings, taking account not just of its critical intentions but in addition, considerably, the relative weaknesses of Andreas's skill to address his fabric. it will likely be required examining for those who deal with Andreas and problems with courtly love within the future."--Douglas Kelly, Professor Emeritus, college of Wisconsin-Madison

"Don A. Monson's booklet is an attentive and diligent examine of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's research is wealthy with attention-grabbing insights into De Amore.... This tremendous unique piece of scholarship is written truly and includes a huge number of uncomplicated resources and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus

"Monson's paintings undertakes the super advanced activity of teasing out a number of the discourses which offer form and desiring to the treatise, noting the entire whereas that ele

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283: “2. The person who is not jealous cannot love. 3. No one can be bound by two loves. 4. l. 6. l. 15. ” All conjugated verbs are in the atemporal present, with the exception of the three occurrences of consuevit, “to be customary,” which is perfect in form but present in meaning. 42. Trojel, p. xxv; cf. Karnein, “De amore,” p. , p. 270. the problem of genre 31 This emendation probably dates from the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century. 43 Its power to “prove” anything about Andreas’s intention is even less than that of the rubrics themselves.

The Chaplain’s work contains two codifications of the principles governing love: the first is appended to the “Purgatory of Cruel Beauties” episode in the Fifth Dialogue; the other, introduced by an Arthurian adventure, closes Book Two. One may wonder why the work would propose two separate codes, one containing twelve items, the other thirty-one, with little repetition from one list to the other. 39 The difference between these 39. 1 (270), 40, 43–50 (280–84). Cf. Parry, pp. 81–82, 184–86. Walsh’s translation preserves the distinction: “precepts” (pp.

For example, the word angustia, “anguish, torment,” with which passio is glossed, is itself glossed with timor, “fear,” and various forms of timere, “to fear,” after which various types of fear are distinguished according to the circumstances of the lover, who may be “rich” (dives) or “poor” (pauper), who may be “base” (turpis) or a victim of “rumors” (rumores), whose love may be “requited” (amor utriusque perficitur) or “unrequited” (res imperfectæ, singularis amor), and so on. Thus by this process of systematic glossing of terms the original brief definition is progressively expanded into a full description of the phenomenon under investigation.

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