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... Courtly Love Courtly Love refers to a form of romance that was practiced in the Middle Ages, running through 12th to the 14th century, which was an idealized form of love between knights or courtiers, and revered or royal ladies, who were usually married (Boase, 22). The concept of Courtly Love originated in France and then spread throughout Europe to other European countries, and later became the ultimate source of the middle ages literature of love, which was not existent before the 12th century. Early literature of love is associated with Christianity and the doctrines of the Christian faith such as the Bible, but the nature of the love depicted in such literature is completely different from the ...