Cliges

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In this verse translation of Cligès, written by Chrétien de Troyes circa 1176, Ruth Harwood Cline not only preserves the artistry of the original work but also captures the wit, irony, and striking emotional power of Chrétien's stylistic genius and highly structured form.

The romance begins with the marriage of Cligès's parents and continues with the clandestine, mutual love of their son and his uncle's bride, Fenice. Cligès and Fenice are ...

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Overview


In this verse translation of Cligès, written by Chrétien de Troyes circa 1176, Ruth Harwood Cline not only preserves the artistry of the original work but also captures the wit, irony, and striking emotional power of Chrétien's stylistic genius and highly structured form.

The romance begins with the marriage of Cligès's parents and continues with the clandestine, mutual love of their son and his uncle's bride, Fenice. Cligès and Fenice are finally united after executing a false-death plot aided by black magic.

With a thoroughness and clarity that will appeal to students and scholars of medieval literature, Cline's accessible translation effectively conveys the sparkle, pace, and intricate wordplay of Chrétien's love monologues, classic themes, and complex poetic devices. In addition, her introduction sheds new light on the transmission of British history and legend to the French court of Champagne. With themes that echo from the Tristan legend to Romeo and Juliet, Cligès is an exciting romance about young lovers who escape from an arranged match and find true love in marriage.

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"Rhyming vocabulary that sustains the narrative flow and ambience of the Arthurian universe . . . An extraordinary work that represents laudable achievement."--South Atlantic Review

"Her work constitutes the finest poetic translations now available of Chrétien's romances."--Arthuriana

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820321424
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 2/3/2000
  • Pages: 248

Meet the Author


Ruth Harwood Cline is a research associate in the department of history at Georgetown University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue 1
King Arthur's Court 2
Love Laments 13
England and Knighthood 31
The Siege of Windsor 36
Alexander's Wedding 65
The Birth of Cliges 69
Alexander's Settlement 71
A German Marriage 77
The Cologne Tournament 83
Thessala's Sorcery 87
Alis's Wedding 94
Fenice's Abduction and Return 99
Cliges Departs for Britain 123
The Wallingford Tournament 133
Cliges Returns to Greece 147
Avowal and Plans 150
The Empress's Illness 164
The Tower 179
Notes 197
Bibliography 209
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