Choreographing Love: Idealized Go-Betweens

  • Gretchen Mieszkowski
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Go-betweens for lust and sexual conquest appear in a variety of genres, but go-betweens for idealized love are found nearly exclusively in romances. They are a radically different figure from the go-between for lust, and they play an altogether different role. Whereas the go-betweens for lust routinely create situations in which people are tricked, trapped, or coerced into sex, these romance go-betweens never violate one person’s consent in the service of another person. Love is the theme of most of their episodes and consent is essential. They go between in stories that transfigure desire into passionate, ecstatic, mutually idealizing romantic love. Although one of the episodes discussed in this section depicts the beginning of an adulterous affair, the rest concern courtships, and their typical joyful finale is the lovers’ marriage.


Thirteenth Century Twelfth Century Romantic Love Mutual Consent Love Story 
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