The heart in our literature

The heart is described in literature long before Christianity even began. But in Christianity the heart becomes the foundation of the soul, as the center of all human feelings – both good and evil.

Science tells us, that the heart is a four-chambered organ, a muscle – situated on the left side of the body. It pumps oxygenated blood to the body and carries deoxygenated blood from the body. 

But in literature, the heart is quite different. It is something much greater than a muscle. But why is literature so concerned with the heart rather than the lungs or kidneys? They are important organs as well.

Some people have a heart of gold – and others can be kindhearted enough to take care of every one without considering the creed of the individual. Could you perhaps have a lung of gold or be kind-kidneyed?  

There is a kind of people, who are attractive and so impressive - but on the inside they have a heart of stone. Perhaps we look at them and lose our heart at first sight. We could offer our heart to them without any hesitation, which probably would result in a broken heart. Some people are weak at heart and others are always young at heart, despite their age. They always focus on the positive. There is still another category of people who are always sick at heart. 

The heart is really a delicate, soft and passionate part of the body – both in reality as well as in literature. 

The heart as a jewelry 

The heart shaped jewelry has a strong symbolic and regardless of the person who receives it, the intentions are the same: declare or reaffirm his love and feelings for the recipient.

The heart necklace is ideal to keep your loved ones near your heart. Full, hollow, sculpted, it exists in all forms and in all styles. You will thus have to find the right model, the one that will best express your feelings and personality to the recipient.

Girona, Spain. A weather vane with statue of troubadour with wings. Girona is one of oldest cities in Europe with well-preserved medieval buildings.

Macías, called the Boyfriend, was a Galician troubadour of the fourteenth century (between 1340 and 1370), probably originating from Padrón. Way of Santiago path, Galicia, Galiza, Spain.

Chained - and courtly love  

Troubadours were poet-musicians, first seen in France in the 12th and 13th centuries.

The troubadours combined their poetry and music in the service of courtly love. In the judgment of the troubadour, courtly love or fine amour was the source of all true virtue and nobility. The troubadour’s audience included the lord, his peers, the wife, her attendants and people resided within the court.

The troubadour expressed devotion and obedience to the noble woman – in exchange for being made “a better man”. This was largely a symbolic gesture, an expression of love and admiration in the feudal system. This continued in the practice of chivalry, where the noble woman was upheld ad the pure, weak, virtuous sex.

In some cases the music led to romance, but often the love was not returned by the noble woman. This was seen as the two-sided love in the Middle Ages. Love is chained to suffering.