Main menu

Medieval Love, Romance and Marriage

Submitted by shawn on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 03:37

It seems that in the modern world romantic love and marriage went together, or at least it was believed that they should, whereas in the post-modern world it is increasingly believed that romantic love can happen without marriage. It is not as much believed, however, that marriage can be good without romantic love. During the Middle Ages, it was believed that the best marriages were those without romantic love, and the best romances were those outside of marriage.

I intend to write an article for this website about how medievals believe differently than moderns about love and romance. Before I write this article, however, I want to know what y'all think about this subject. What do y'all believe about love and romance? Do you believe as Frank Sinatra said that "Love and Marriage go together like a horse and carriage?" Or do you believe that a good romance can happen without marriage, and a good marriage can happen without romance? Do you believe that married couples should be friends, and the very best friendships are those between husband and wife? Or do you believe that friendship and eros are two different things and should not be confused?