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Uther Pendragons willingness to give his son Arthur to Merlin in exchange for spending just one night with Igraine reflects the idea of

courtly love
"contemptu mundi"

This confuses me, I don't understand why he gave his child up, I don't think it would fall under chivalry because that's the nights moral code, the mundi is contempt for the world. I was thinking none of the above but I am not sure.

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    It depends on the version of Arthur you read.


    It is difficult to accept any of the first three answers: If Lust were there, I could buy that. But the versions of the stories varies.

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    I would go with none of the above on that particular question. Uther was in "lust".

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