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The Allegory of Love : A study in Medieval Tradition

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Jan. 1967)
  • ASIN: B0017YF9AO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,977,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though this book was written in 1936, it's still essential reading for anyone who's interested in mediaeval literature. It's an introduction to the technique of allegory, a method of writing which often seems artificial to modern readers, and one which can actually convince you that, yes, there is something to it. It's also the story of how romantic love came to be considered a subject of literature - or even considered at all. So, in a way, without these poets, we'd never have had Mills and Boon...But we'd never have had "Romeo and Juliet", either, so you probably have to forgive them. Like all Lewis' books, it's written in a clear style which manages to be both informative and, dare one say it, entertaining. But don't that mislead you - it's still serious scholarship.
Of course, a book that's almost seventy years old isn't exactly at the cutting edge of research. Things move on, even in mediaeval studies,and some of his conclusions have their critics. Still,
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I was listening to a sermon by Pastor Michael Kelly, Seventh day Adventist pastor from the USA. In his sermon on opposite sex, same sex relationships he mentioned one thing, one statement that "marriages a long time ago were utilitarian marriages." No love was involved it was more of convenience.
This made me curious and decided to read some literature on courtly love, dating, etiquette and what not then i stumbled across THE ALLEGORY OF LOVE by C.S. Lewis. I must say after reading the sample i straight away decided to buy this book and read further and from that day since i have not regretted it. Its a wonderful book very insightful and logical. It presents the whole idea of courtly love on a background of Christianity and just plain logic, 1 + 1 = 2. Its a lovely book. I love it.
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Written as only C.S. Lewis can. This is a comprehensive coverage of the allegorical, courtly love poems but with bias toward Lewis, opinion at times. Nevertheless it is an invaluable help in understanding Medieval love poems when used in conjunction with related literature.
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Still the set book on Courtly Love
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