Nickolaus provides the readers with a concise critical discussion of the "courtly love" debate, broad historical and comparative analysis, and a model that explains, at the level of plot, rhetoric, and ideology, the proper place of amorous motifs in the context of prevailing Christian doctrines and attitudes.
Table of ContentsPreface
1. Marriage Fictions and the Meaning of "Courtly Love"
2. Love, Marriage, and Mythology: Marriage Fictions and Epic History
3. Twelfth-Century Marriage Reforms and the Representation of Marriage
4. Courtly Narratives, Christian Sacrament: Consent Doctrine and Social ideology in the Old French Roman
Conclusion: Western Tradition in the Old French Roman