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Rudel is one of the earliest known troubadours or skilled court poets. In the 12th century, he wrote poetry exclusively on love in honour of the countess of Tripoli, whom he has fallen deeply in love with without ever having set eyes on her.
Rudel's idea of love is very particular and very new at that time. It is love that 's entirely divorced from practical considerations such as marriage, children, money, dynasties or any kind of reciprocation. Instead, it is based on infatuation.
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Even though we experience love as deeply personal and spontaneous, it has a history.
The way people fall in love now is different from what they've done in the past. There are other ways of arranging relationships depending on what a society happens to believe.
Free love in the 1960s America argued that society's rules against nudity, same-sex relationships and sex before marriage are forms of sexual repression. Monogamy is being questioned.
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In 1859, Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, arguing that humans are descended from the primates and that their drives and basic psychology are inherited and that their ideals are not wholly their own fault.
He argues that we are half apes and for apes to aim for faithful and ...
In 1812, Scotland. Harriet married John Lambton, the first Earl of Durham, despite the families trying to intervene. John has land and responsibilities, and Harriet is a pretty but illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Cholmondeley with no money and little social status.
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1745, Versailles France.
Jeanne-Antoinette is the King's chief mistress and will now be known as Madame de Pompadour and resided in court with the King.
At this point, the King has been married for 20 years. He married for reasons of state and had mistresses on the side. It wa...
The romantic dream of love is often a disappointment. Intelligent people complain that they can't understand the subject of love.
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In the early 19th century, Jane Austen is defining the wise ideal of modern love. In her novel Pride and Prejudice, she shows that her idea that to marry only for money is a disaster, but to marry only for love is a terrible folly. In her eyes, marriage requires warmth, ...
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