The Olde Daunce: Love, Friendship, Sex, and Marriage in the Medieval World / Edition 1

The Olde Daunce: Love, Friendship, Sex, and Marriage in the Medieval World / Edition 1

by Robert R. Edwards
     
 

In this volume a variety of perspectives reevaluate the nature of friendship, desire, and the olde daunce of love in the Middle Ages. Challenging earlier scholarly notions about medieval marriage, this book suggests and explores the legitimacy of marital friendship, affection, and mutuality. The authors explore the relationship of medieval love to companionship,

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In this volume a variety of perspectives reevaluate the nature of friendship, desire, and the olde daunce of love in the Middle Ages. Challenging earlier scholarly notions about medieval marriage, this book suggests and explores the legitimacy of marital friendship, affection, and mutuality. The authors explore the relationship of medieval love to companionship, equality, and power, and relate medieval expressions of love to a number of issues including creativity, reading and writing, voyeurism, chastity, violence, and even hate.

The book reconsiders the theological, philosophical, and legal background of medieval attitudes toward marriage, analyzes expressions of love and desire in European vernacular literature, and considers several implications of Chaucer’s treatment of love, marriage, and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791404409
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Series:
SUNY series in Medieval Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311

Table of Contents

Introduction

Robert R. Edwards and Stephen Spector

1. "Adam's Only Companion": Augustine and the Early Christian Debate on Marriage
Elizabeth A. Clark

2. Maritalis Affectio Revisited
Michael M. Sheehan

3. Loving the Unequal Equal: Medieval Theologians and Marital Affection
Erik Kooper

4. The Medieval Poet as Voyeur
A. C. Spearing

5. Love and Power in the Twelfth Century, with Special Reference to Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France
R. W Hanning

6. Chastity and Love in the Decameron
Giovanni Sinicropi

7. From Fin Amour to Friendship: Dante's Transformation
Jerome Mazzaro

8. Faithful Translations: Love and the Question of Poetry in Chaucer
Robert R. Edwards

9. Man, Men, and Women in Chaucer's Poetry
John M. Fyler

10. From Dorigen to the Vavasour: Reading Backwards
Alan T. Gaylord

11. Reason, Machaut, and the Franklin
James I. Wimsatt

12. Empathy and Enmity in the Prioress's Tale
Stephen Spector

13. "Loves Hete" in the Prioress's Prologue and Tale
Marie Borroff

Notes

Contributors

Index

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