Demesure

Entertainment / Literature / Demesure: (French, 'lack of measure') In French chivalric literature, the equivalent of Latin immoderatio--excessive actions and uncontrolled passions such as those of Roland in the Chanson de Roland. This trait contrasts with the mesure (the ability to follow a golden mean and not go to unreasonable extremes). In the literature of courtly love, a frequent debate is whether the ideal courtly lover should have mesure or demesure--and which emotion is more worthy of his beloved.

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