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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Courtly Love, Courtly Lust

Courtly Love, Courtly Lust

(Joost van Driel) The Low Countries - 2008, № 16, pp. 27-35

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Anyone expecting to encounter only love of a courtly and idealistic nature in the literature of the Middle Ages may be disappointed. Even in lofty chivalric romances, love, at the right time and under certain circumstances, is depicted in a way that is less chaste and aloof. True courtly love, with its characteristic servitude and courtesy, may perhaps be found in a more pure form in the art of later periods.

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