The birth of chivalric love

10 Nov

Feminism. Did not begin in the 60’s or in the industrial revolution. Rather it began in the 12th century with the birth of chivalric love. An idea originating from high-class women at the time. An attempt to tame masculinity by the worship of woman. A sort of twisted gospel where instead of christ you have woman.

Gynocentrism and its cultural origins

By Peter Wright

Love and war have always been opposed, as we see in our usual phrase ‘make love not war’ or in the rhetoric of pro and anti-war camps. That the two are mutually exclusive is obvious enough. However, in twelfth century Europe something peculiar happened that ushered in a melding of these two contrary principles. Here the military code of chivalry was mated with the fancies of courtly love to produce a bastard child which we will here call chivalric love (today we simply label it ‘chivalry’). Prior to this time chivalry always referred to the military code of behaviour –one that varied from country to country– but one which had absolutely nothing to do with romantic love.

What method did twelfth century society use to bring this about? In a word, shaming.

The medieval aristocracy began to ramp up the practice of shaming by choosing the…

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3 Responses to “The birth of chivalric love”

  1. Lyn87 December 1, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    I responded to your email. Sorry it took so long.

  2. Sis December 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    This makes me think of the temple of Athena and goddess worship. Women have always sought after power.

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