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Violent Passions

Managing Love in the Old French Verse Romance

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Tracy Adams
    Pages 1-9
  3. Tracy Adams
    Pages 11-36
  4. Tracy Adams
    Pages 37-73
  5. Tracy Adams
    Pages 75-106
  6. Tracy Adams
    Pages 237-244
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 245-311

About this book


This book re-evaluates the perception of "courtly love" in Old French verse. Adams traces how these verses explore the emotional trials of amour and propose coping methods for the lovelorn.


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About the authors

Bonnie Wheeler teaches at Southern Methodist University, USA where she directs the Medieval Studies Program. She has edited and co-edited fourteen books, among them Listening to Heloise and Heloise and the Paraclete (forthcoming). She was founding editor of the journal Arthuriana and is series editor for two Palgrave Macmillan book series, The New Middle Ages and Arthurian and Courtly Cultures.

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"[Adam's] attempt to locate these romantic explorations of amor within the 12th-century's fascination with problematic love is laudable and instructive." - Encomia