Andreas Capellanus, Scholasticism, and the Courtly Tradition by Monson

By Monson

This publication, the 1st learn in English committed solely to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, provides a complete inquiry into the impact of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, utilizing tools of medieval philosophy and highbrow heritage to an incredible challenge in medieval literary stories. 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 commonplace id of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a realistic guide. It relates this conventional complexity to a pressure among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality by way of the specialists pointed out and the literary types structuring the discourse. In gentle of those issues, Monson examines the fashionable debate over ironic intentions.

The moment a part of the booklet reports the work's which 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 in particular by way of Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, hope, and may, the actual and psychological necessities for loving, and the dynamics of affection relationships. subsequent, the social ramifications of affection are mentioned: the competing claims of the Aristocracy of beginning and of benefit, and the jobs of carrier, generosity, courtesy, and popularity. the ultimate bankruptcy reviews the moral size of the treatise, deciding on complementary parts: an try and 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 popularity of the profound complexity of the De amore, obvious in its shape and contents. even supposing no longer a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a special place on the crossroads of numerous medieval traditions and should enormously give a contribution to the knowledge of affection in medieval literature and culture.


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


"Monson masters the gigantic literature referring to Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the trendy number of interpretations. He presents a impressive analyzing of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, discovered, and persuasive research up to now. In a manner by no means performed sooner than he reviews the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the method of Medieval artes, and Scholasticism.... a masterly booklet that brings unique perception into the twelfth-century global, recreating the cultural context for Andreas's treatise."--Paolo Cherchi, Professor Emeritus, collage of Chicago

"Monson's thorough research of Andreas's very important treatise and acceptable scholarship evaluates the which means of the paintings, taking account not just of its critical intentions but in addition, considerably, the relative weaknesses of Andreas's skill to address his fabric. it is going to be required examining for people that deal with Andreas and problems with courtly love within the future."--Douglas Kelly, Professor Emeritus, collage of Wisconsin-Madison

"Don A. Monson's e-book is an attentive and diligent learn of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's examine is wealthy with fascinating insights into De Amore.... This tremendous unique piece of scholarship is written essentially and features a huge number of easy assets and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus

"Monson's paintings undertakes the super complicated activity of teasing out a number of the discourses which offer form and desiring to the treatise, noting all of the whereas that ele

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From the Carolingian period onward, a distinction was made between the three linguistic arts of the trivium, that is, grammar, rhetoric, and dialectic, and the four mathematical arts of the quadrivium, which included arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy. The arts of the trivium came before those of the quadrivium in the curriculum, and in practice the latter were often neglected. 1 1. A good general introduction is provided by Wagner. For additional bibliography, particularly on the trivium, see Murphy, Medieval Rhetoric.

Hugh of St. 12 (trans. Taylor, p. 150); cf. 9 (trans. Taylor, pp. , p. 119. 27. 0 (32). Cf. Walsh, p. ” 28. 1 [208]). 1 [222]). l. l. l. l. l. 29 The two remaining chapters, Seven, “Various Decisions in Love Cases,” and Eight, “The Rules of Love,” are devoted, respectively, to resolving outstanding questions and to summarizing the results. Only Book Three, “The Rejection of Love,” is not mentioned in the Accessus. But there is a fairly transparent allusion to it in the preceding Præfatio, in which, addressing himself to “Walter,” Andreas explains his own motives and intentions in writing the treatise.

2 (ed. Blackfriars, 23:140); cf. , 23:212–17). 46. 1 (981b27–29). 32 p r o b l e m s o f f o r m of action, according to a long tradition both classical and biblical. Often associated with the cardinal virtue of prudence (prudentia), it goes beyond ordinary practical prudence to include the ordering of actions in accordance with eternal principles. In this sense its realm is what the scholastics called “praxis,” actions or operations considered in their bearing on good and evil. It is concerned with scientia practica, or ethics, rather than with scientia speculativa.

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