To come right out and ask her was not the way of courtly love.
The rule in courtly love was to fall in love with a lady who was married to someone else.
These rules were exemplified in the imaginative literature of courtly love.
Mechthild constantly uses phrases from the courtly love poetry of her time.
He remembered now that they had talked of courtly love, and a little about her childhood in Sicily.
The romans daventure afford other instances of this courtly love, sometimes illicit, sometimes looking to marriage.
Nevertheless the romantic narratives of courtly love in the latter are mediaeval creations.
I have made suave and courtly love to a thousand nursemaids in Hyde Park.
A set of attitudes toward love that were strong in the Middle Ages. According to the ideal of courtly love, a knight or nobleman worshiped a woman of high birth, and his love for her inspired him to do great things on the battlefield and elsewhere. There was usually no physical relationship or marriage between them, however; the woman was usually married to another man.