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Chaucers Use of Courtly Love Chaucer's Use of "Courtly Love" Chaucer admired and made use of the medieval "courtly love" romance heritage, even though he didn't completely "buy into it." The "courtly love" code relies on the woman as the center of focus. The medieval knight suffers greatly because of his love, who is frequently another person's wife. He will do anything to protect and honor her, staying faithful at all costs. Adultery and secrecy characterize these relationships. The knight views a woman and experiences true love. The knight fears he will not be accepted by his love; consequently, she's worshiped at a distance. Elements of courtly love can be seen in both "The Book of the Duchess" and "The Knight's Tale." In "The Book of the Duchess" that the Black Knight signifies the courtly love character, who falls hopelessly in love with Lady White. Following the courtly love tradition, Lady White becomes the main thing in the Black Knight's life. He describes her as the sole true love that struck his eye with utter beauty. "One of these ladies fair and bright, Really one there broke my sight, Unlike the others, I declare, Because for sure I can declare That, since the sunlight bright Is fairer, clearer, has more light Than any other world in heaven, More than the Moon, or even the starry seven, Only so for all of the world did she Surpass others utterly In beauty, courtesy and grace, In glowing modesty of face, Nice posture, virtue every way- What more, thus briefly, can I say?" (lines 816-830) The courtly love tradition brings a potent romance to "The Book of the Duchess." The Dark Knight has found his true love; nonetheless, she has expired. Her death is his deepes...