Court Of Love (Fr. cour d'amour), in mediaeval France, a tribunal composed of ladies illustrious for their birth and talent, whose jurisdiction, recognized only by courtesy and opinion, extended over all questions of gallantry. Such courts existed from the 12th to the 14th century, during the age of chivalry. The decisions were made according to a code of 31 articles, which have been preserved in a MS. entitled Be Arte Amatoria et Reprobatione Amoris, written by Andre, royal chaplain of France, about 1170. Troubadours were often present to celebrate the proceedings in verse, and the songs of these minstrels were not infrequently reviewed and judged by the tribunals. Among the ladies who presided were the countess de Die, called the Sappho of the middle ages, and Laura de Sade, celebrated by Petrarch. King Rene of Anjou attempted in vain to revive the courts of love, and the last imitation of them was held at Rueil at the instance of Cardinal Richelieu, to judge a question of gallantry. - See "The Troubadours: their Loves and their Lyrics," by John Rutherford (London, 1873).