Medieval culture

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Throughout this story, Iseult is treated with great respect; sometimes it seems even as much as her husband who is the King. This comes partly because she is royalty but none the less she is still respected. Even when the King is about to have his wife killed for committing a crime against him, the common people try to stand up for her by asking the King that he at least give her a trial with a s[...]
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Throughout this story, Iseult is treated with great respect; sometimes it seems even as much as her husband who is the King. This comes partly because she is royalty but none the less she is still respected. Even when the King is about to have his wife killed for committing a crime against him, the common people try to stand up for her by asking the King that he at least give her a trial with a sentencing before he just kills her. (Romance 78) In asking this they are showing respect and love for the Queen, but by doing this they are also disrespecting the King by questioning his decisions.

Also in Dante's book, the Inferno, there are plenty of other examples of the veneration of women, such as when the story of his love for Beatrice is described. He is describing how he felt when he saw her across the street when they were both eighteen years old, and he said she waived to him "with such a virtuous abearing." What this means is that he felt she had such a moral excellence, or righteousness about her, like she was above everybody else. In saying this he is idealizing that this woman is better than any other and even better than any man.

Another way the people of medieval times liked to idealize is in their elevation of a romantic love to a spiritual one. It seems that in most cases and stories you hear about, you always hear the lovers, and the people in their lives make references to God as being the reason things happen in their lives. This is also shown in the story of Tristan and Iseult. In the beginning of the story the two couldn't stand each other, but upon drinking a certain love potion fell so deeply in love that nothing could keep them apart for as long as they lived.

Now it is the truth that the main reasons these two can't stay away from each other is because of the strength of the potion they both drank; but you also hear them make reference to God a lot. You hear of them being afraid of him punishing them or not punishing them because of the choices they make for the love of each other.
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