By Peter Goodrich (auth.)
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There were codes of love for the gallant, the coquettish, the precious or précieuses, for men and women, for the married and the single, for the gay and for the nay-sayers. Leave the making of lists for lawyers. They are obsessed with that, with tabulations, itemizations, imbrication, and intrication. From the point of view of the laws and professions of love we have entered the era of the epistolary missive and of amorous fiction based around love letters. The love letter becomes a key figure of the law of love and the resurgent courts of love.
Suffice here to say that the change in form is not a reason to abandon the study of the later illustrations of love’s laws but it does signal the end of the era of judicially formulated decisions in cases of amorous dispute. That change allows us to limit the case law that properly pertains to the jurisdiction of love. Or at least the plan is to focus on cases reported and judicially determined between 1150 and 1669. * * * In the ensuing collection of cases of love, I have avoided any chronological tabulation and have sought rather to classify the case law according 30 The Laws of Love to the general principles of the laws of love.
They were joyful or gay and the purpose of that gaiety was explicitly to banish the sorrows or melancholy that life and love can often bring. Gay science became the name of the movement to revive both the poetry and the ethos of courtly love in fourteenth-century Toulouse. A school of poetry, the Gay Consistory, was established in 1323 to revive the troubadour tradition and to teach the rules of poetic form and its amorous lifestyle. The Consistory re-instituted the poetic carnival of flowers, presided over poetic tournoi or tournaments, and the various other forms of dispute and contest over questions of love.
The Laws of Love: A Brief Historical and Practical Manual by Peter Goodrich (auth.)