The Secret History of Romance

Suzannah Rowntree

Podcast: The Monstrous Regiment
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We are all familiar with the concept of romantic, or courtly, love. But do we understand where the concept comes from and what it means? In today’s Monstrous Regiment, Suzannah Rowntree and Stephen C. Perks take us on a fascinating journey through history, eschatology, literature, and scripture, as they explore various views of courtly love and and the underlying ideas that have shaped our modern understanding of romance.


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Assigned Reading:

“Love in the Western World” by Denis de Rougemont (available on the Internet Archive as “Passion and Society”)

“Agape and Eros” by Anders Nygren

“Montaillou: Cathars and Catholics in a French Village, 1294-1324

“The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars, 1290-1329

“One Hundred Middle English Lyrics” edited by Robert D Stewick

“The Portable Medieval Reader” edited by James Bruce Ross and Mary Martin McLaughlin