To those who viewed courtliness as heresy, troubadours "sang their lays for castle ladies, whose bad consciences had to be pacified by song, and who exacted from them less the illusion of sincere love than a spiritual antipode to marriage, a state in to which they had been forced."
Quote taken from Dennis DeRougemont's Love in the Western World. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey: 1983.
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