Courting, Love, and Chivalry


Imagine a time when there were Lords and Ladies, Knights and Damoiselles, Kings and Queens. I have always thought about how terribly romantic those times must have been. Chivalry was common place and every man lived to serve his love. Look at this list of rules I found. Some are confusing, but most are comprehendable. I think you'll find it very interesting how a man and a woman courted each other in the days of yore.

Rules for the Knights and Ladies of Medival Times

  • Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.
  • He who is not jealous cannot love.
  • No one can be bound by a double love.
  • It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing.
  • That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish.
  • Boys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturity.
  • When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.
  • No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.
  • No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.
  • Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice.
  • It is not proper to love any woman whom one would be ashamed to seek to marry.
  • A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.
  • When made public love rarely endures.
  • The easy attainment of love makes it of little value; difficulty of attainment makes it prized.
  • Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.
  • When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved his heart palpitates.
  • A new love puts to flight an old one.
  • Good character alone makes any man worthy of love.
  • If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives.
  • A man in love is always apprehensive.
  • Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love.
  • Jealousy, and therefore love, are increased when one suspects his beloved.
  • He whom the thought of love vexes eats and sleeps very little.
  • Every act of a lover ends in the thought of his beloved.
  • A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.
  • Love can deny nothing to love.
  • A lover can never have enough of the solaces of his beloved.
  • A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved.
  • A man who is vexed by too much passion usually does not love.
  • A true lover is constantly and without intermission possessed by the thought of his beloved.
  • Nothing forbids one woman being loved by two men or one man by two women.


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