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The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition

, 2013
ISBN: 9780062313751

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The Allegory of Love is a study in medieval tradition—the rise of both the sentiment called “courtly love” and of the allegorical method—from eleventh–century Languedoc through sixteenth–century England. C.S. Lewis devotes considerable attention to The Romance of the Rose and The Faerie Queene, and to such poets as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, and Thomas Usk.

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Top Highlights

“The universe is a battlefield in which Change and Permanence contend.” (Page 435)

“Multa renascentur quae jam cecidere, cadentque Quae nunc sunt in honore” (Page iii)

“The sentiment, of course, is love, but love of a highly specialized sort, whose characteristics may be enumerated as Humility, Courtesy, Adultery, and the Religion of Love. The lover is always abject. Obedience to his lady’s lightest wish, however whimsical, and silent acquiescence in her rebukes, however unjust, are the only virtues he dares to claim.” (Page 2)

“to represent what is immaterial in picturable terms” (Page 51)

“Allegory, in some sense, belongs not to medieval man but to man, or even to mind, in general.” (Page 51)

  • Title: The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Courtly love; Allegory; Comparative literature › Themes, motives
  • ISBNs: 9780062313751, 0062313754
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T21:51:46Z
C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent PlanetThe Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classic Mere Christianity. Read more about his life and legacy.


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