The art of love
During the 12th century one Andreas Capellanus (‘Andrew the Chaplain’) wrote a treatise in Latin called the Art of Loving. In it he laid down 31 rules of love; no-one is quite sure whether they were to be taken seriously or whether they were tongue-in-cheek! However, here they are.
- The pretext of marriage is no proper excuse against love.
- No-one who is not jealous can love.
- No-one can have two loves at once
- Love is always growing or diminishing.
- There is no savour is anything obtained by the lower against the beloveds will.
- It is not customary for a man to love before puberty.
- It is right that the lower should remain unmarried for two years after the death of the beloved.
- No-one should be deprived of his love without very goog reason.
- No-one can love unless driven on by the prospect of love.
- Love is always banished from the home of avarice
- It is not right to love women whom one would be ashamed to take to wife.
- The true lover desires no ambraces from any other than the beloved.
- A love divulget rarely lasts.
- An easy conquest makes love worthless, a difficult one gives it value.
- Every lover grows pale at the sight of the beloved.
- At the sudden sight of the beloved the lover’s heart quakes
- A new love drives out the old.
- Honesty alone makes a person worthy of love.
- If love grows less, its decline is swift, and it seldom recovers.
- A man m love is always fearful.
- True jealousy always increases love s ardour.
- A suspicion concerning the beloved increases jealousy and loves ardour.
- A man perturbed by thoughts of love sleeps and eats the less.
- The beloved’s every act ends in the thoughts of the lover.
- The true lover esteems nothing good except what he thinks will please the beloved.
- Love can deny nothing to love.
- The lover cannot be sated with the solace of the beloved.
- A slight presumption forces the lover to suspect the worst of the beloved.
- He who is fired by too much lust is not likely to love.
- The true lover is at all times continually absorbed in imagining the beloved.
- Nothing prevents a man from being loved by two women or a woman by two men
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