Author: C.S. Lewis
Summary: This classic of literary criticism is a study of the tradition of courtly love. C.S. Lewis writes on allegory as a form, he considers the influence of “The Romance of the Rose”, and he analyzes the love poetry of Chaucer, Gower, and Spenser.
Love is the commonest these of serious imaginative literature and is still generally regarded as amble and enabling passion. Love has not always taken such precedence, however, and it was in fact not until the eleventh century that French poets first began to express the romantic species of passion which English poets were still writing about in the nineteenth century.
This book is intended for students of medieval literature from A-level upwards, anyone interested in the ‘Courtly Love’ tradition, and fans of C.S. Lewis’s writings.