Eleanor of Aquitaine, courtly love, and the troubadours /​ ffiona Swabey. Eleanor, of Aquitaine, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of England, ? Eleanor of Aquitaine – Harmony and Happiness of Courtly Love women became the province of troubadours, who were both composers and. Eleanor Aquitaine’s literary role, I have gathered scattered information from the growth of courtly love literature in France has been sufficiently studied. 2.

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If only I could see into the future to know what will really happen — Astrology by John William Waterhouse. While being associated with entertainment and frivolity, music is also a powerful form of communication vital to our inner well-being.

At what point meaningful, communicative sounds began cannot be established. What we do know is that we all make sounds first before we learn to talk so we could say music is the first language we learn and an important step in the creation of the spoken word. Expressing personal feelings in relation to the beauty and bountiful joys of women became the province of troubadours, who were both composers and performers of lyrical poetry set to romantic music.

They roved about the countryside visiting castles and their communities to deliver the latest ditties going about in song. The themes they favoured the most were those of chivalry and courtly love. Sweet noble heart, pretty lady, I am wounded by love, so that I am sad and pensive, and have no joy or mirth for to you, my sweet companion, I have thus given my heart. Lauded by the nobility and the lyric poets the language of lady love from the eleventh to troubadourw thirteen century prevailed anr the courts of England and Europe.

During the twelfth century advances in philosophy and science began to impose themselves, and the nature of the individual was held up to scrutiny. An outpouring of intellectual inquiry and discovery took place as Cathedral schools and universities were being established through the powerful Islamic influence on European thought.

This is also when the classical revival and the all new and exciting literature for coutly appeared. With its captivating themes of love, ladies and passion in the courts of Europe it was not long before it truobadours known as romantic literature. The origins of courtly love can be traced to the court of William IX, Duke of Aquitaine one of the first troubadour poets as well as leaders of the first crusade in He was a fine knight at arms, liberal in his womanizing, and a fine composer and singer of songs.


He was the earliest troubadour, some of whose work still survives as a testimony to his romantic adventures. However it is said that he was kind and generous. If we were being aquitxine generous, we would say that he shared the love around.

Eleanor had grown up at the court of her father William X Teh of Aquitaine, but she was really a chip off the old block of her grandfather. The court of Aquitaine was renowned as being at the cutting edge, if you like, of early twelfth century culture.

Her mother Aenor de Rochefoucauld was the daughter of the Vicomtesse de Rouchefoucauld, whose name is recorded as Dangereuse. She married the heir to the throne of France when she was fifteen and the Abbot Suger of The Abbey at St Denis was put in charge of eleano wedding arrangements. Her wedding present to Louis was a rock crystal vase rightwhich is still on display at the Louvre in Paris.

Within days the old king had died and Eleanor had become Queen of France as Louis ascended the throne. Eventually after a great deal of heartbreak it was put aside, or annulled reputedly because she only gave her husband two daughters.

She bore him five sons and three daughters during the term of their tempestuous relationship, as he was a known philanderer. Eleanor reputedly exerted a great deal of influence on the destiny of her children, including Richard the Lionheart and King John. As a powerful woman, who led a very interesting life and inspired many of the stories about courtly love. During the medieval period aqujtaine relationship between a knight and his liege lord was most important.

The knight owed his Lord complete fealty.

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As many of the marriages of the time were arranged to bring fortunes and land together and were not love matches, this could, and did cause all sorts of dilemmas for the wife especially if the knight was young, handsome, upright, valiant and honourable all of which were noble traits to be admired and cherished. He in return was to be inspired to do great deeds on her behalf, to win and keep her favour without dishonouring his knightly vows by giving into passion.


Courtly love was about declarations of service, devotion, and passion and, an emerging sense of the self. It was meant to be ennobling, whether the lady knew about his love for her or loved him in return.

The idea was that courtly love improved his character.

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It was the crucial element integral to the whole tradition. The courtly love song was sung by the languishing lover to his lovely lady proclaiming that although their love was a secret, because convention required it to be, yet he is content to let her know she is the sole mistress of his heart, and that all his songs are solely for her. It was the nineteenth century French dramatist, novelist and poet — Victor Hugo who said that music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.

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