In what way is romance used in The Three Musketeers?
Just to add a bit to tthakker's answer regarding the nature of courtly love, a very different way of thinking than our modern notions of romantic love. "Romance" does not mean the precisely the same thing today as it did to the Three Muskateers. In The Art of Courtly Love, Andreas Cappellanus lists the "rules" of chivalry and courtly love. Here are the "Top Ten":
- Marriage is no real excuse for not loving. (Queen Anne and the Duke)
- He who is not jealous cannot love.
- No one can be bound by a double love.
- It is well known that love is always increasing or decreasing.
- That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish.
- Boys do not love until they reach the age of maturity.
- When one lover dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.
- No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.
- No one can love unless he is propelled by the persuasion of love.
- Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice. (Athos and his doomed love)