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Romantic Love in Medieval Europe

Details: Sayre posits that the vocabulary associated with romantic love, as it is known today, came into being during the Medieval Period. The troubadour or trobairitz, accompanied by lyre or lute, would recite poems about the feelings associated with this type of love.

Discuss the common characteristics of these poems. What are your reactions to these expressions romantic love? Does the content of the poetry surprise you in any way? What observations and connections can you make about the role of women of the court and their freedom of expression can be made after reading the work of Contessa de Dia (Sayre, Reading 5.5, p. 152)?

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Romantic stories of courtly love were spread throughout Medieval Europe by troubadours and minstrels. These wandering minstrels and troubadors sang ballads about courtly love and were expected to memorize the words of long poems describing valor and the code of chivalry followed by the Medieval knights. This new style of expressive writing transcended everything from ballads of battles and monsters like Beowulf to romantic adventures, such as the Arthurian legends. ...

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The characteristics and elements of Romantic stories from Medieval Europe is discussed.