The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition

The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition

by C. S. Lewis


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The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition by C. S. Lewis

The Allegory of Love is a landmark study of a powerful and influential medieval conception. C. S. Lewis explores the sentiment called 'courtly love' and the allegorical method within which it developed in literature and thought, from its first flowering in eleventh-century Languedoc through to its transformation and gradual demise at the end of the sixteenth century. Lewis devotes particular attention to the major poems The Romance of the Rose and The Faerie Queene, and to poets including Chaucer, Gower and Thomas Usk.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107659438
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2013
Series: Canto Classics Series
Pages: 472
Sales rank: 508,398
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, theologian, broadcaster, and lecturer. He is best known for his fictional works, including The Screwtape Letters, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the second book in the seven-book Narnia series, often tops must-read lists of classic children's literature; the series has been adapted for film, radio, TV, and the stage.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Courtly love; 2. Allegory; 3. The Romance of the Rose; 4. Chaucer; 5. Gower. Thomas Usk; 6. Allegory as the dominant form; 7. The Faerie Queene.

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