The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

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Vintage Books, 1994 - Fiction - 205 pages
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A tale of chivalry and doomed, transcendent love, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult is one of the most resonant works of Western literature, as well as the basis for our enduring idea of romance. The story of the Cornish knight and the Irish princess who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue that love in defiance of heavenly and earthly law has inspired artists from Matthew Arnold to Richard Wagner. But nowhere has it been retold with greater eloquence and dignity than in Joseph Bédier's edition, which weaves several medieval sources into a seamless whole, elegantly translated by Hilaire Belloc and Paul Rosenfeld.

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Gets three stars because I'm into Romance, magic, and old books. One star for each. Other than the native charm coming from those aspects, this is a horrible tale of warped passion that could be read ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Joseph Bedier (1864-1938), born in Paris to a family of Celtic origin, was brought up on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, though he was educated in Paris. He became one of the preeminent French medievalists and literary historians of his time and is best known for his modern French prose translation of the Le roman de Tristan et Iseult, first published in 1900.

Hilaire Belloc, 1870 - 1953 Hilaire Belloc was born in France in 1870, educated at Oxford, and naturalized as a British subject in 1902. Although he began as a writer of humorous verse for children, his works include satire, poetry, history, biography, fiction, and many volumes of essays. With his close friend and fellow Catholic, G. K. Chesterton, Belloc founded the New Witness, a weekly newspaper opposing capitalism and free thought and supporting a philosophy known as distributism. The pair was so close in thought and association that George Bernard Shaw nicknamed them Chesterbelloc. During his life, Belloc published over 150 books. Today, however, he is best remembered for only a few works, most notably his light verse, such as Cautionary Tales (1907) and A Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896). Belloc died in 1953 from burns caused when his dressing gown caught fire from the hearth.

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