The Art of Courtly Love

Andrea Cappellano, “The Art of Courtly Love”.


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“De Amore”, or “De arte honeste amandi”, was published in 1185 by Andrea Cappellano. The work deals with several specific themes that were the subject of poetical debate among late twelfth century troubadours and trobairitz. The basic conception of Capellanus is that courtly love ennobles both the lover and the beloved, provided that certain codes of behaviour are respected. Interestingly, De amore describes the affection between spouses as an unrelated emotion, stating that “love can have no place between husband and wife,” although they may feel even “immoderate affection” for one another. Rather, the most ennobling love is generally secret and extremely difficult to obtain, serving as a means for inspiring men to great deeds (extract from Wikipedia).

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Chapters:

  • Praefatio
  • The Art of Courtly Love
  • (De Amore)
  • Liber primus
    Accessus ad amoris tractatum
    Capitulum I: Quid sit amor
    Capitulum II: Inter quos possit esse amor
    Capitulum III: Unde dicatur amor
    Capitulum IV: Quis sit effectus amoris
    Capitulum V: Quae personae sint aptae ad amorem

    Capitulum VI: Qualiter amor acquiratur et quot modis

    A. Loquitur plebeius ad plebeiam
    B. Loquitur plebeius nobili
    C. Loquitur plebeius nobiliori feminae
    D. Nobilis plebeiae
    E. Loquitur nobilis nobili
    F. Loquitur nobilior plebeiae
    G. Loquitur nobilior nobili
    H. Loquitur nobilior nobiliori
    Capitulum VII: De amore clericorum
    Capitulum VIII: De amore monacharum
    Capitulum IX: De amore per pecuniam acquisito
    Capitulum X: De facili rei concessione petitae
    Capitulum XI: De amore rusticorum
    Capitulum XII: De amore meretricum
  • Liber secundus
    Capitulum I: Qualiter status acquisiti amoris debeat conservari
    Capitulum II: Qualiter perfectus amor debeat augmentari
    Capitulum III: Qualiter amor minuatur
    Capitulum IV: Qualiter finiatur amor
    Capitulum V: De notitia mutui amoris
    Capitulum VI: Si unus amantium alteri fidem frangat amanti

    Capitulum VII: De variis iudiciis amoris

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    Capitulum VIII: De regulis amoris
  • Liber tertius
    De reprobatione amoris
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