For some time now I wonder, if the Medieval minstrels and the art of minnesong has quite some similarities to fan-blogging, especially RA-fan-blogging of our times.
|Abaelard and Eloise (by Edmund Blair Leighton, 1882)|
* that the singer had no chance of gaining the direct favour / love of his admired woman.
* that the woman was beyond reach and his own station.
(It was even a requirement to search for an admirable woman well beyond one's own station.)
* that the woman was good and had admirable qualities (at least after the minstrel searched long and wide for them or created and invented them himself. [No comparison to RA-fan-blogging in the later case, as here the admired qualities quite obviously exist for real!]).
* that the minstrel defended and advertised the good qualities of his chosen lady.
* that the lady was most important, who had the most minstrels singing her praise. (Quite obviously a strong element in fan-votings, when even illegal methods are used to enhance the number of votes to show the importance of the admired 'star'.)
* that the minstrel polished and enhanced his art and artfulness by describing the qualities of a certain lady. (Who in my opinion sometimes even took second place compared to the art itself.)
* that the minnesongs were created to form one's own character and develop genteel ways of behaviour and to strengthen the ability to observe and find human qualities. This technique to better one's character and judgment was especially encouraged in lawyers and diplomats, so you see, in branches were truthfulness was not that important [No or indeed pun intended, but only at the right places and not regarding RA-fans or fan-bloggers ;o)].
|Quite obviously beyond my station ;o)|
(Captain America Premiere, New York 2011)
Today's fan-bloggers, especially in the RA-world (which is the only one I know ;o) are (mostly or all?) female.
Please share with me, what you think about modern fandom and female self-betterment by being a RA-fan ;o)
I am quite eager to learn, how you see this comparison and modern fandom.
P.S.: I know that Abaelard and Eloise are not the right example for platonic love, but at least, Abaelard wrote a lot of love poetry for his adored Eloise, so I hope you might forgive me for my lapse and rudimentary memory of my former studies ;o)