Medieval Love Poetry

Medieval Love Poetry

by John Cherry


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The quest is the essence of medieval romance. Either the Holy Grail or the jewel of Love could be the goal, but love might also be a snare along the path. This richly illustrated book explores the two distinct but related themes of love and romance, comparing their verbal and visual display in the Middle Ages.
A selection of extracts translated from the original texts of poems and chansons are prefaced by brief plot summaries and juxtaposed with contemporaneous images of medieval romances-stories of knightly adventures and quests such as Tristan and Isolde, Gawain and the Green Knight, the Roman del la Rose and La Chatelaine de Vergi. The author's introduction explains the medieval fascination with the quest and its ideas of beauty and chivalry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892368396
Publisher: Getty Publications
Publication date: 12/31/2005
Series: Getty Trust Publications: J. Paul Getty Museum Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Cherry is former keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe in the British Museum. He is the author of Medieval Decorative Art and Goldsmiths and editor of The British Museum Book of Mythical Beasts.

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