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Monday, March 16, 2015

"Courtly Love and The Cult of The Virgin" Resources

If you have been following our after-the-news-at-noon series for Women's History Month, "Courtly Love and The Cult of the Virgin" we hope that you've noticed this is one of the most complex music history series that we have done here on WSCL-FM.  And, it's just the tip of the ice berg!  If you are interested in finding out more, here are our resources.  

Special thanks to DPR's S.U. practicum student, Taylor Goebel, who was my reasearch assistant on this series, and was especially helpful in gathering biographies.  And she also put together the resource listing by topics for easier use.

Our time period of focus, 1000 - 1200 is so incredibly rich in social, political, religious and artistic growth, that even this extended series just scratches the surface.  If you are interested in finding out more, we wanted to give you places to go.  (And of course, we always encourage you to find out more at your local Public Library.)

Civilisation: The Complete SeriesI've actually been mulling this idea about for almost 2 years.  The springboard idea for the series came from the BBC series (available on DVD) called "Civilization" written and hosted by Lord Kenneth Clark.  The series is widely available online on DVD through many online retailers, and I think it is one of the best series ever made.  His premise is that architecture, literature, art, and music combine to define periods of Civilzation.  The 3rd episode, on Courtly Love, sparked the idea for this series, perhaps because he said he found the works of Cretienne de Troyes unreadable!

My main resource for this series was the DVD lecture series "The High Middle Ages" taught by Dr. Philip Daileader of William and Mary College.  The depth, complexity, and amount of material in this series is monumental, and his coverage of it is magnificent, and includes many "reality checks" to help the viewer restructure the mindset to try to understand how things were viewed by people who lived during this time period.  If you've been interested in my series, you'll find this course a great place to find out much, much more:
In credit to the folks at Great Courses, they are a great resource for me personally, and I have purchased many related courses which I have viewed that have informed my thought and knowledge of this time period.

Resources by Topic 
Marian Devotion
Arthurian Legend
Biographies on Charlemagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Marie de Champagne
Courtly Love
Andreas Capellanus, The Art of Courtly Love
William Farina, Chretien de Troyes and the Dawn of Arthurian Romance
Other Resources that covered a variety of topics

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