Category Archives: Romantic Love

Was it true love?

I pointed out a few weeks ago that the concept of courtly love has thoroughly changed how we read stories like Gen 29 in the Bible.  Where the Bible describes a very raw sexual passion, we see a modern romance … Continue reading

Posted in Courtly Love, Divorce, Dr. Richard L. Strauss, New Morality, Romantic Love, Traditional Conservatives | 78 Comments

Is Gen. 29 a modern love story?

Note:  This began as a discussion in the comments section of Riding to Lancelot’s rescue, but it seems worthy of making into a quick post. Commenter Kevin asks: I agree that the obsession with romantic love is absurd. But I … Continue reading

Posted in Chivalry, Courtly Love, Marriage, Romantic Love | 136 Comments

Ovid Game tip: Don’t visit her on her birthday.

In The Allegory of Love C.S. Lewis explains that because the concept of courtly love has fully transformed our view of sexual passion, we misread prior works as if they had the same theme.  He uses the example of Ovid’s … Continue reading

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Riding to Lancelot’s rescue.

Several commenters have objected to my previous post, including Hugh Mann: I think our gracious host doth read too much into these tales – I was brought up on them, and in none of the printed retellings popular in the … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Chivalry, Courtly Love, Romantic Love, Traditional Conservatives | 198 Comments

Fighting for his Lady’s honor.

I’ve touched on this before, but I think the chivalrous story of Lancelot fighting for Guinevere’s honor in Chrétien de Troyes Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart is worthy of a dedicated post.  I should note that I have not read … Continue reading

Posted in C.S. Lewis, Chivalry, Courtly Love, Infogalactic, New Morality, Romantic Love, Traditional Conservatives, Ugly Feminists, Wife worship, You can't make this stuff up | 135 Comments