Item #28512 The Allegory of Love. A Study in Medieval Tradition. C. S. Lewis.

The Allegory of Love. A Study in Medieval Tradition.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1953. Later printing. AS Near Fine copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket. Lewis traces the development of the idea of courtly love from the Provençal troubadours to its full development in the works of Chrétien de Troyes. It is here that he sets forth a famous characterization of "the peculiar form which it [courtly love] first took; the four marks of Humility, Courtesy, Adultery, and the Religion of Love"—the last two of which "marks" have, in particular, been the subject of a good deal of controversy among later scholars. Lewis goes on to examine the use of allegory and personification in the depiction of love in a selection of poetic works, beginning with the Roman de la Rose. The focus, however, is on English works: the poems of Chaucer, Gower's Confessio Amantis and Usk's Testament of Love, the works of Chaucer's epigones, and Spenser's Faerie Queene. Item #28512

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