Erec and Enide / Edition 1

Erec and Enide / Edition 1

by Chrétien Troyes, Chrétien de Troyes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820321419

ISBN-13: 9780820321417

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820321417
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Prologue1
The Hunt of the White Stag2
The Sparrow Hawk11
The Kiss37
Erec's Wedding53
The Edinburgh Tournament61
Erec's Departure for Carnant65
Enide Recalls Erec to Chivalry73
The Three Robbers82
The Five Robbers86
Count Galoain91
Guivret the Small107
King Arthur's Court115
Cadoc of Cabruel and Two Giants126
Count Oringle of Limors134
Guivret Returns144
Guivret's Sisters149
The Joy of the Court157
Erec's Coronation189
Notes203
Bibliography215

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