Arthurian Romances (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Fiction
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Chretien de Troyes was a French poet in the late 12th century whose work represents some of the best examples of Arthurian legend from medieval times. Contained in this volume are the four complete Arthurian romances that have survived. The first of these stories is that of "Erec and Enide", which recounts the story of Erec, one of King Arthur's knights, and the conflict between love and knighthood he experiences in his marriage to Enide. The second romance is the tale of the knight "Cligès" and his love for his uncle's wife, Fenice. The third romance is that of "Yvain, the Knight of the Lion", in which Yvain seeks to avenge his cousin Calogrenant, who had been defeated by an otherworldly knight. Lastly is the tale of "Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart", which centers on Lancelot's rescue of Guinevere, King Arthur's queen. These classic medieval poems form some of the earliest and most prominent examples of the legend of King Arthur.
  

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User Review  - Flint Johnson - Goodreads

Owen was a strong scholar of Arthurian romances, whose work I was able to make use of in several instances. Not least is this translation, which is still useful from an academic standpoint. By keeping ... Read full review

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User Review  - Keeley - Goodreads

Arthurian legends are pretty entertaining by the general standards of medieval literature (compared to, say, the utter tedium that is the Roman de la Rose). The plot doesn't always progress in a way ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
5
EREC ET ENIDE
13
ENDNOTES TO ERIC ET ENIDE
69
CLIGÉS
74
ENDNOTES TO CLIGÉS
130
YVAIN or The Knight with the Lion
134
ENDNOTES TO YVAIN
191
LANCELOT or The Knight of the Cart
194
ENDNOTES TO LANCELOT
251
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About the author (2010)

Author of early Arthurian romances, Chrétien de Troyes was born in France around 1150. Little is known about this medieval writer. His poems cannot be dated, except to say that they were written sometime in the second half of the twelfth century. His most famous works include Erec; Cligès; Lancelot, ou Le Chevalier à la Charrette; Yvain, ou Le Chevalier au Lion; Perceval, ou Le Conte du Graal, and Guillaume d'Angleterre. He also composed a version of Tristan and Isolde. During his life, he enjoyed the patronage of Marie de Champagne, the daughter of Philip of Flanders and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Although it is not confirmed, it is believed that he died in Paris in 1190.

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