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Born in the castle life of four regions: Aquitaine, Provence, Champagne and ducal Burgundy, courtly love was and is still considered the most beautiful expression of love between men and women. It is the most romantic manner of attraction and a "must" for writers who desire to portray the essence of love during that period in Europe.

This ritual consisted of the men, in the medieval Europe, behaving courteously and gallant while expressing love and admiration towards women. Practiced frequently by nobles, yet strange for married couples."The courtly lover existed to serve his lady." (Encyclopedia britannica). The affection felt was adulterous. One of the reasons was because one or both of the lovers cheated on their marriage, which at that time was seen as "the result of business interest or the seal of a power alliance." (EB) The men were absorbed completely by their lover whom they love and worshiped like a saint.

This manner affection had a code and rules that the lovers had to follow in order to show their interest on the other. The golden rule for the men was to show commitment to his mistress. They would act brave and submit themselves to do whatever his mistress desire. While the ladies participating were usually of higher status, rich, powerful, and or the wife of the men's lord. Although, this difference of ranks didn't stop the lower ranks of men (and even women) to court each other for the need of love and sexual affection. Making this the revolution of romantic medieval European novels and stories.

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