Today in the Middle Ages: April 27, 1174

On April 27, 1174, Marie de Champagne's Court of Love released its reply to the oft-debated question, "Can real love exist between married people?"

The daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine by her first husband, Louis VII of France, Marie joined her mother's court at Poitiers. There, she assigned Andreas Capellanus the task of writing a treatise on the rules of "honest love," that is, courtly love. His work became the bible of medieval romantic lovers. Marie also patronized Chretien de Troyes, a writer of romances.

Oh, by the way, the answer was "No."