The Book of the Heart Seized by Love
(Le Livre du Coeur d’Amour Épris)
The Romance of the Rose (Le Roman de la Rose), by Guillaume de Lorris
Guillaume de Lorris who, it is presumed, came from the village of Lorris, near Orléans, France was educated and literate, and therefore likely to have been of the minor aristocracy. He produced in his Romance, a dream allegory of courtly love, in a poetic, reflective and elegant style. His world-view is also shrewd, with his reflections on love partly derived from Ovid’s Ars Amatoria: The Art of Love. Guillaume’s work, with which René d'Anjou's love quest has affinities, is an epitome of the allegorical style and a fine development of the courtly tradition of ‘fin amour’.
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