Andreas Capellanus, Scholasticism, and the Courtly Tradition by Monson

By Monson

This ebook, the 1st learn in English dedicated solely to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, offers a finished inquiry into the impression of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, utilizing tools of medieval philosophy and highbrow historical past to an enormous challenge in medieval literary experiences. Eschewing polemics over authorial intentions, Don Monson develops an method of the work's which means via an exam of its shape.

The first a part of the e-book explores the favourite identification of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a realistic guide. It relates this standard complexity to a pressure among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality when it comes to the gurus pointed out and the literary types structuring the discourse. In gentle of those issues, Monson examines the trendy debate over ironic intentions.

The moment a part of the booklet experiences the work's that means by way of a dialectic among 4 traditions: vernacular poetry, feudal society, Christianity, and Ovid. the writer examines the scholastic definition, which defines love generically as an "emotion" (passio innata) and particularly when it comes to Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, wish, and may, the actual and psychological standards for loving, and the dynamics of affection relationships. subsequent, the social ramifications of affection are mentioned: the competing claims of the Aristocracy of delivery and of advantage, and the jobs of provider, generosity, courtesy, and popularity. the ultimate bankruptcy reports the moral size of the treatise, picking complementary elements: an try to reconcile sexual love with Christian morality, through the rejection of affection at the grounds in their incompatibility.

Monson's thorough exam of the textual content demands a attractiveness of the profound complexity of the De amore, seen in its shape and contents. even if no longer a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a different place on the crossroads of numerous medieval traditions and may vastly give a contribution to the certainty of affection in medieval literature and culture.


Don A. Monson is professor of French on the collage of William and Mary.


"Monson masters the massive literature relating Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the trendy number of interpretations. He presents a impressive studying of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, realized, and persuasive research so far. In a manner by no means performed sooner than he reports the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the approach of Medieval artes, and Scholasticism.... a masterly ebook that brings unique perception into the twelfth-century global, recreating the cultural context for Andreas's treatise."--Paolo Cherchi, Professor Emeritus, college of Chicago

"Monson's thorough research of Andreas's very important treatise and acceptable scholarship evaluates the that means of the paintings, taking account not just of its severe intentions but in addition, considerably, the relative weaknesses of Andreas's skill to deal with his fabric. it will likely be required analyzing for those who deal with Andreas and problems with courtly love within the future."--Douglas Kelly, Professor Emeritus, college of Wisconsin-Madison

"Don A. Monson's e-book is an attentive and diligent learn of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's research is wealthy with attention-grabbing insights into De Amore.... This super unique piece of scholarship is written essentially and features a huge number of simple resources and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus

"Monson's paintings undertakes the tremendous complicated activity of teasing out some of the discourses which provide form and intending to the treatise, noting the entire whereas that ele

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Nemo duplici potest amore ligari. IV. Semper amorem crescere vel minui constat. l. VI. Masculus non solet nisi plena pubertate amare. l. XV. 41 The first of these two codes thus offers practical advice on the art of loving, the second the objective principles of the science of love. There is no redundancy in the two codes because each is attached to one of the two strands of Andreas’s dual discourse. Sapientia The interplay between the practical and the speculative described above goes a long way toward explaining the generic complexity and ambiguity of the Chaplain’s work as reflected in the rubrics of the manuscripts.

2) indicating general truths, and the use of the adverb semper, “always” (nos. 4, 10, 20, 21; cf. raro, “rarely,” no. 13), of the negative indefinite pronouns nemo, “no one” (nos. 3, 8, 9) and nil, “nothing” (nos. 26, 31), and of the indefinite adjectives omnis, “all” (no. 15) and quilibet, “any” (no. 24), all reinforcing the categorical nature of the statements: 14 times in the expression amoris præceptum, and in most other cases with the same sense, all in Books One and Two, in addition to 5 occurrences (3 for amoris præceptum) in the Fifth Dialogue.

1 1. A good general introduction is provided by Wagner. For additional bibliography, particularly on the trivium, see Murphy, Medieval Rhetoric. 42 love and the arts 43 The three arts of the trivium had in common the fact that all were concerned with the use of language. In theory, the distinction between them was clear: grammar was the art of “speaking correctly,” rhetoric that of “speaking well,” and dialectic that of “speaking truly”; but in practice they overlapped considerably. Rhetoric, in particular, occupied an intermediate position between grammar and dialectic; and since the political and judicial institutions on which classical rhetoric was based had long since disappeared, this art was in danger of succumbing under the combined weight of the other two.

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