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Shield of Parade: 'You or Death' — An Image of Courtly Love

Shield of Parade: 'You or Death' — An Image of Courtly Love

Shield of Parade: 'You or Death' — An Image of Courtly Love



The depiction of the knight kneeling before his lady recalls the golden age of courtly love. The scroll above the knight's head declares the knight would rather die than not win the lady's love. By glorifying the potential dangers of chivalrous love (personified by the figure of Death), the tradition of courtly love emphasizes the transitory nature of death, and the stability of divine love in the life to come.

The British Museum
Late 15th Century
Leather-covered wood
H: 83 cm
M&ME 1863,5-1,1

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Learning Object Collection: Landscape of Romance and Love
Learning Object: Courtly Love and Medieval Romance
Institution: RCIP-CHIN