courtly love

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(Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers

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The first literary critic to more or less definitively scotch the romantic idealism surrounding amour courtois was D.
Erec and Enide is thus not at all a celebration of amour courtois.
1) Amour courtois, the 19th-century French academic term, is a neologism coined to name the fantasy.
20) Euarchus's refusal to excuse the princes's law-breaking as the venial exuberance of amour courtois belongs to this tradition; as he explains, "if the governors of justice shall take such a scope as to measure the foot of the law by a show of conveniency .