The God of Love on campaign

The God of Love on campaign

Guillaume de Lorris and Jeun de Meun

late 15th century

France

Manuscript

This beautifully illustrated copy of Le Roman de la Rose (The Romance of the Rose) was made for Louise of Savoy (1476–1531), mother of Francis I of France. The poem mingles romance imagery, allegorical narrative, scurrilous satire and philosophical speculation. It was written in the thirteenth century, first by Guillaume de Lorris, who left it unfinished; subsequently the poem was massively expanded by Jeun de Meun. The Romance of the Rose was hugely successful and controversial, particularly generating debate around pro- and anti-feminist readings of its complex, ironic narrative. Here, the God of Love lays siege to a castle housing the eponymous rose which the poem’s dreamer desires. In the smaller picture, False and Constrained Abstinence, disguised as pilgrims, make their way to the castle.

Comments

Ivory panels with romance scenes
Ivory panels with romance scenes
A book of family reading and allegiance
A book of family reading and allegiance
Sloth's favourite stories
Sloth's favourite stories
The God of Love on campaign
The God of Love on campaign
The eagle and child and the Stanley family
The eagle and child and the Stanley family
Chaucer's <em>Canterbury Tales</em>
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
A lover's confession
A lover's confession
Moralizing a romance story
Moralizing a romance story
The Wife of Bath and her Tale
The Wife of Bath and her Tale
Romance scenes in a psalter
Romance scenes in a psalter