Wasn't it actually her uncle who was one of the originators of the tradition
of courtly love? E of A acted as patron(ess) to a good number of
troubadours, but the genre was, as I recall, pretty well on its way
throughout Europe before she began to act as patron(ess). I think her
importance was in solidifying the *English* tradition. Perhaps I
Also, nearly the entire tradition of courtly love was deeply religious. That
can't be forgotten.
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Subject: Re: What the word feminism means
> From: Nancy Gish [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> I do note that Gerda Lerner does not discuss Eleanor of
> Aquitaine, and her history of "feminist consciousness" is extremely
> packed with specific women. Why do you name her?
> She is largely credited with originating the
> tradition of courtly love, and putting women
> on a pedestal. Her aim was to create a sense of
> respect for women amongst the rowdy knights
> (and company), who knew no such thing. It was
> really quite a successful strategy, and helped
> to create a whole literary tradition in the
> process. Many descriptons of Arthur's Guinever
> would seem to have been base on E de A.
> Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
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