Gabriels Inferno Rapture

Gabriel Series/Sylvain Reynard Links

As you may know, our blog was formed because of our love for Professor Gabriel Emerson.  Since we began, we’ve professed our love of the series and SR has been kind enough to stop by the Love Shack a few times as well.  We bribed him with doughnuts, coffee, and fine Corinthian leather to get him to stop by.  Just kidding!  He’s Canadian which means he’s nice which means he stops by when we ask. (Yay!)

We’ve pulled all of our links concerning Gabriel and SR that we’ve posted over the last few months in celebration of the cover reveal of Gabriel’s Redemption.  This list doesn’t even include the author interviews where the series or SR is mentioned as an inspiration. Enjoy!

Always the sticky leaf: SR’s Charity Page Contribution 
Lover Tiffany and The Professor: My Love for the Gabriel Series
Lover Elizabeth loves Gabriel: My Love Affair with the Professor
Lover Amanda spends Valentine’s Day with G.O.E.: Valentine’s Day with Professor Emerson
Lover Amanda really, really loves chatting about the series: Always on My Mind
Lover Karen muses about kindness: What is Kindness?
Our first guest blogger was SR: Art and the Poetry of Desire by Sylvain Reynard
The Professor stopped by the Love Shack and gave us a lecture: “Courtly Love” by Professor Gabriel O. Emerson

Thanks for reading!  We can’t wait till December 3, 2013 for the release of Gabriel’s Redemption, can you?  Be sure to enter our giveaway for a set of print copies of Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture!  The giveaway is open to U.S. residents until MIDNIGHT, Friday, April 26th!  Enter below and good luck.

Gabriel Giveaway

VERSUS: Which Character is Tops?

It’s time to settle that dispute.  That’s right, it’s time to figure out which character comes out on top in our new series, Versus. Each week, we’ll pin two book characters against each other and see who you, the readers, vote as the undisputed winner.  Be sure to try to get others to vote for your favorite character by campaigning for them in the comment section below.

Our first set of characters are competing for best leading man…

Gabriel Collage

Fifty Collage

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Lovers Month Guest Post: Sylvain Reynard

“Courtly Love” by Professor Gabriel O. Emerson, Associate Professor of Italian Studies, University of Toronto.

Sex and love are not the same.

I’ve lectured on this subject in the past and usually, my claim is accepted without argument.  What’s more difficult to defend is the claim that one can enjoy romantic love without engaging in sex.

Most people would point out that when you fall in love with someone, you want to have sex with them.  Many times. Or constantly.

It isn’t easy to understand why a pair of romantic lovers would forego sex and remain in love.  But I study the life and works of Dante Alighieri, who was enmeshed in a non-sexual romantic relationship with a woman, Beatrice Portinari, that lasted for years. So as much as I find it difficult to believe that one can have romantic love without sex, I’m forced to confront that reality on a daily basis.

“In that part of the book of my memory before which little can be read, there is a heading, which says: ‘Incipit vita nova: Here begins the new life’. Under that heading I find written the words that it is my intention to copy into this little book: and if not all, at least their essence.” (La Vita Nuova, Dante Alighieri, Book I, Trans. A. S. Kline.)

So begins Dante’s account of how his new life began when he met Beatrice at the tender age of nine. He declares that since that moment Love governed his soul.

The courtliness of Dante’s love is understandable when he’s young but when he meets Beatrice again when they are both adults, it’s much more difficult to understand.  In fact, Dante describes their meeting like this, “She greeted me so virtuously, so much so that I saw then to the very end of grace.”

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We could, perhaps, dismiss Dante’s fascination with Beatrice as a kind of religious experience, given his language. But he goes on to describe a vision that he has in which she is naked and wrapped in a crimson cloth, and held in the arms of man who declares himself to be Dante’s lord.

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