This ebook, the 1st examine in English dedicated fullyyt to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, provides a complete inquiry into the effect of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, using tools of medieval philosophy and highbrow heritage to an incredible challenge in medieval literary experiences. 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 booklet explores the widespread id of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a pragmatic handbook. It relates this popular complexity to a stress among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality when it comes to the professionals mentioned and the literary types structuring the discourse. In gentle of those issues, Monson examines the trendy debate over ironic intentions.
The moment a part of the e-book reports 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 particularly when it comes to Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, hope, and may, the actual and psychological requisites 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 attractiveness. the ultimate bankruptcy reports the moral size of the treatise, picking out complementary parts: an try to reconcile sexual love with Christian morality, by way of the rejection of affection at the grounds in their incompatibility.
Monson's thorough exam of the textual content demands a acceptance of the profound complexity of the De amore, seen in its shape and contents. even though now not a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a special place on the crossroads of a number of medieval traditions and should tremendously give a contribution to the certainty of affection in medieval literature and culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Don A. Monson is professor of French on the collage of William and Mary.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"Monson masters the sizeable literature bearing on Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the trendy number of interpretations. He offers a extraordinary interpreting of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, realized, and persuasive research up to now. In a manner by no means performed earlier than he reports the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the approach 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, collage of Chicago
"Monson's thorough research of Andreas's vital 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 is going to be required studying 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 e-book is an attentive and diligent examine of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's learn is wealthy with fascinating insights into De Amore.... This tremendous unique piece of scholarship is written in actual fact and includes a huge number of uncomplicated resources and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus
"Monson's paintings undertakes the tremendous complicated job of teasing out a few of the discourses which offer form and desiring to the treatise, noting all of the whereas that ele
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7 ), but here they are applied to the prospective female partner. 53. l. 492 ); etc. For other examples of verus with an ethical force, see below, n. 55. This confusion of intellectual and ethical values in the use of the term can perhaps be seen as a reflection of twelfth-century Platonism. 54. 4 ) are not likely to be able to keep a secret, with disastrous results for the love relationship. Throughout the passage Andreas plays on the ambiguity of sapiens in order to justify a moral stance in terms of an argument from ordinary practical prudence.
161 ). From the point of view of art, which was that originally adopted in the dialogues, the efficacy of this advice would doubtless depend on the piety of the woman being wooed. The dialogues not only provide rhetorical models for would-be lovers, however, they also offer ethical models for the lovers’ ladies. Not content successfully to resist all advances, the women of the dialogues also seize the occasion to impose upon their suitors, in exchange for the slightest glimmer of hope, Christian moral conduct of the highest order.
A similar process of further elaboration of the original definition can be traced throughout the four chapters that follow. Each of these chapters takes up some specific aspect of the definition and draws from it further implications, often with precise repetition of the wording of Chapter One. 1 ). This pronouncement may be seen as an expansion of the phrase “of the other sex” (alterius sexus) in the definition of Chapter One. ” Thus the restriction deduced from the definition is justified in terms of the final cause of love, the carrying out of “all of Love’s mandates,” which Andreas sees as requiring participants of different sexes.