The Legacy of Courtly Literature

From Medieval to Contemporary Culture

  • Deborah Nelson-Campbell
  • Rouben Cholakian

Part of the Arthurian and Courtly Cultures book series (SACC)

About this book


This fascinating volume examines the enduring influence of courtly tradition and courtly love, particularly in contemporary popular culture. The ten chapters explore topics including the impact of the medieval troubadour in modern love songs, the legacy of figures such as Tristan, Iseult, Lancelot, Guinevere, and Merlin in modern film and literature, and more generally, how courtly and chivalric conceptions of love have shaped the Western world’s conception of love, loyalty, honor, and adultery throughout history and to this day. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Deborah Nelson-Campbell
    • 1
  • Rouben Cholakian
    • 2
  1. 1.French Program, Department of Classical and European StudiesRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of FrenchHamilton CollegeClintonUSA

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