Arthurian Romances

Arthurian Romances

Taking the legends surrounding King Arthur and weaving in new psychological elements of personal desire and courtly manner, Chrétien de Troyes fashioned a new form of medieval Romance. The Knight of the Cart is the first telling of the adulterous relationship between Lancelot and Arthur's Queen Guinevere, and in The Knight with the Lion Yvain neglects his bride in his quest for greater glory. Erec and Enide explores a knight's conflict between love and honour, Cligés exalts the possibility of pure love outside marriage, while the haunting The Story of the Grail chronicles the legendary quest. Rich in symbolism, these evocative tales combine closely observed detail with fantastic adventure to create a compelling world that profoundly influenced Malory, and are the basis of the Arthurian legends we know today.

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Title:Arthurian Romances
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140445213
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    Arthurian Romances Reviews

  • Lus C.

    I really can't say enough in praise of this wonderful book. Each poem is translated into prose in a lively and vivid style. The dialogue is crisp and natural and the action non-stop. But Chretien's in...

  • Joo Fernandes

    Exams are finally over, time to return to books and Goodreads! Will catch up on reviews as soon as I can....

  • Joe Totterdell

    From William W. Kibler’s introduction the 1991 Penguin Classics edition of Chrétien de Troye’s Arthurian Romances: “Certainly no translation can hope to capture all the subtlety and magic of Ch...

  • Nikki

    I can't believe it's taken me so long to get round to reading this. I've had it on my reading list for ages -- before I knew it'd be a set text -- and I'm glad I finally got round to it. It isn't a no...

  • Greg Lico

    Arthurian romances is a particular favorite genre of mine to read. Chretien de Troyes is more or less the originator of some of the most famous episodes in the Arthurian mythos.In my junior year of hi...

  • Evan Leach

    The British may have started the whole Arthurian movement, but the French really took it to the next level. French writers added a number of innovations to the legend we know and love today, including...

  • Suzannah

    It finally happened.I finally got around to reading Chretien de Troyes' Arthurian romances.Everyone has been telling me how delightful Chretien is, and I've always believed them. I believe them even m...

  • Becky

    I decided that the first book on my challenge this year was going to be one that I have been working on for like... three years. It's been brutal, you guys, I hate it. Chretien was such a misogynist. ...

  • Simon Mcleish

    Originally published on my blog here in March 1998.This Everyman volume contains the four romances Erec et Enide, Cligés, Yvain and Lancelot, translated into prose. It's always interesting to read th...

  • amelia

    3.5 stars...