Erec and Enide (Google eBook)

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University of Georgia Press, 2000 - Poetry - 225 pages
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Erec and Enide marks the birth of the Arthurian romance as a literary genre. Written circa 1170, this version of the Griselda legend tells the story of the marriage of Erec, a handsome and courageous Welsh prince and knight of the Round Table, and Enide, an impoverished noblewoman. When the lovers become estranged because Erec neglects his knightly obligations, they subsequently ride off together on a series of adventures that culminate in their reconciliation and the liberation of a captive knight in an enchanted orchard.

An innovative poet working during a time of great literary creativity, Chrétien de Troyes wrote poems that had a lively pace, skillful structure, and vivid descriptive detail. Ruth Harwood Cline re-creates for modern audiences his irony, humor, and charm, while retaining the style and substance of the original octosyllabic couplets. Her thorough introduction includes discussions of courtly love and the Arthurian legend in history and literature, as well as a new and provocative theory about the identity of Chrétien de Troyes. This clearly presented translation, faithful in preserving the subtle expressive qualities of the original work, is accessible reading for any Arthurian legend aficionado and an ideal text for students of medieval literature.

  

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

An offbeat Arthurian poem; decent read Read full review

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User Review  - Chelsea K. - Goodreads

The most interesting thing about this story is the situation itself: precedent for stories including romance is that the story is prior to union, and it ends in marriage. This is how our modern ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Hunt of the White Stag
2
The Sparrow Hawk
11
The Kiss
37
Erecs Wedding
53
The Edinburgh Tournament
61
Erecs Departure for Carnant
65
Enide Recalls Erec to Chivalry
73
Guivret the Small
107
King Arthurs Court
115
Cadoc of Cabruel and Two Giants
126
Count Oringle of Limors
134
Guivret Returns
144
Guivrets Sisters
149
The Joy of the Court
157
Erecs Coronation
189

The Three Robbers
82
The Five Robbers
86
Count Galoain
91
NOTES
203
BIBLIOGRAPHY
215
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Page 222 - The Creation of the First Arthurian Romance: A Quest. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, i974. . "La nouveaute significative dans Erec et Enide.
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Ruth Harwood Cline is a research associate in the department of history at Georgetown University.

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