Saturday, 16 December 2017

the cruel illusion of romantic love

It was ALL about Lust - Not "Love"!
The idea of romantic love as the basis for marriage, and the basis for personal happiness, is so deeply entrenched that it is easy to imagine that it is both universal and eternal. It is neither. It’s a purely western idea and it didn’t get off the ground until around about the twelfth century. That was when the European upper classes discovered courtly love.
Courtly love seems to have been to a considerable extent a literary invention (this proving once again that writers are in general a foolish and empty-headed lot) although the increasing feminisation of the Church and the rise and rise of the cult of Mary may have played a part. In any case courtly love spread like wildfire through the upper classes. Or to be more precise, it spread like wildfire among the women of the upper classes.
At the time it was perhaps not entirely a bad idea, or it didn’t seem like such a terrible idea.
(anotherpoliticallyincorrectblog)

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