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Medieval Love Poetry



  • Edited by John Cherry

    The knightly quest is the essence of the medieval romance, a tale in prose or verse extolling the ennobling effects of selfless devotion to a lady. This courtly love inspires the knight to dedicate himself to the ideals of beauty and chivalry, performing great deeds in order to be worthy of his patroness.

    This charming book includes translated excerpts from some of the most beloved medieval romances, including Tristran and Isolde, Lancelot, Gawain and the Green Knight, and the Romance of the Rose, all beautifully illustrated with manuscript illuminations, carved ivory boxes and tablets, and colorful tiles. Interspersed between the romances are verses illustrated with "jewels of love"—beautiful gold brooches, rings, and seals with inscriptions of devotion and longing. Both the words and images evoke the medieval world of chivalric love, making this the perfect gift for anyone's beloved.

    John Cherry is the retired keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe in the British Museum, where he specialized in the medieval period. He is the author of Medieval Decorative Art, Goldsmiths and Love and Devotion, about medieval jewelry.

    96 pages
    5 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches
    45 color illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-839-6

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum


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