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Penguin Books, 1960 - Arthurian romances - 374 pages
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One of the great romances of the Middle Ages, Tristan, written in the early thirteenth century, is based on a medieval love story of grand passion and deceit. By slaying a dragon, the young prince Tristan wins the beautiful Isolde's hand in marriage for his uncle, King Mark. On their journey back to Mark's court, however, the pair mistakenly drink a love-potion intended for the king and his young bride, and are instantly possessed with an all-consuming love for each another - a love they are compelled to conceal by a series of subterfuges that culminates in tragedy. Von Strassburg's work is acknowledged as the greatest rendering of this legend of medieval lovers, and went on to influence generations of writers and artists and inspire Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

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User Review  - Caitdub - LibraryThing

I'm not a huge fan of medieval lit; however, out of all of the books I read in this class, Tristan was my favorite. The movie came out a few months after I read the book, which was great entertainment. The movie was so bad, all I did was laugh through it. Read full review

Review: Tristan: With the Tristran of Thomas

User Review  - James Violand - Goodreads

If the reader can slog through the introduction, he will find a wonderful tale of valor and romance in the age of chivalry. Here is the story of the great knight Tristan and his love Isolde. Quite the ... Read full review

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Gottfried von Strassburg was probably a member of the urban patriciate in Strassburg. Judging from his writing he appears to have been a cultured man, well read in Latin, French and German; a lover of music and hunting, and a skilled linguistic stylist. He chose Thomas as his source for Tristan, and completed five-sixths of the work.A.T. Hatto has translated The Niebelungenlied and Eschenbach's Parzival for Penguin Classics.

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