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Naturalism and the Troubadour Ethic


Donald Kenneth Frank

Contents: This study addresses the question of the singularity and origin of the courtly love ideals found in the troubadours and Andreas Capellanus, and the relation of these ideals to twelfth-century thought. It discusses many aspects of the waxing Naturalism of the period and concludes that the development of a 'unique' courtly love ethic parallels and may in large part take its origin from the naturalistic trend of the period. The study is unique in presenting a theory of origin which is both reasonable and never before considered.