courtly love


Definition of courtly love

: a late medieval conventionalized code prescribing conduct and emotions of ladies and their lovers

Examples of courtly love in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the center of Groff’s story is Marie de France, a shadowy writer known today as the author of a series of courtly love poems. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 Back from a Crusade, the knight hero of Sir Walter Scott’s novel fights for courtly love and Saxon honor. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 The day takes its name from St. Valentine of Terni, who has become linked with the idea of courtly love. Leada Gore |, al, 14 Feb. 2020 The structural necessity for demurral is why the wedded or betrothed have always provided such excellent seduction possibilities; think courtly love. Laura Kipnis, The Cut, 10 June 2018 The name for our modern holiday comes from St. Valentine of Terni, who has become linked with the idea of courtly love. Leada Gore,, 14 Feb. 2018 Chaucer envisioned a linear decay of language and poetry stretching into the future, and Malory yearned to restore a (make-believe) past of courtly love. Eric Weiskott, Smithsonian, 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of courtly love

1702, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of courtly love was in 1702

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“Courtly love.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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