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The Rules of Courtly Love

  1. Thou shalt avoid avarice like the deadly pestilence and shalt embrace its opposite
  2. Thou shalt keep thyself chaste for the sake of her whom thou lovest
  3. Thou shalt not knowingly strive to break up a correct love affair that someone else is engaged in
  4. Thou shalt not chose for thy love anyone whom a natural sense of shame forbids thee to marry
  5. Be mindful completely to avoid falsehood
  6. Thou shalt not have many who know of thy love affair
  7. Being obedient in all things to the commands of ladies, thou shalt ever strive to ally thyself to the service of Love
  8. In giving and receiving love's solaces let modesty be ever present
  9. Thou shalt speak no evil
  10. Thou shalt not be a revealer of love affairs
  11. Thou shalt be in all things polite and courteous
  12. In practicing the solaces of love thou shalt not exceed the desires of thy lover