Charles VI and the court of love

Judges at the Court of Love consulted many different legal sources to help them make their decisions. The most famous was probably the treatise written by Andreas Capellanus in 1190, called Tractatus amoris et de amoris remedio: On love and the cure of love.

The treatise contained legal precedents for dealing with many kinds of romance gone wrong. In one section, it describes a woman who was being bled by her doctor. The woman set the bowl of blood on her window ledge. When her lover came and irritated her, she poured the bucket over him. On his way home, blood soaked, he was caught by a night watchman, who promptly threw him in prison, suspecting him of murder. (He got out the next morning.) As punishment, the court ordered that his mistress had to go to his house every day, whenever his wife stepped out, and “attend to him” until he felt ready to forgive her. [qz]




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