Erec and Enide / Edition 1

Erec and Enide / Edition 1

by Chretien de Troyes, Chrétien de Troyes
     
 

Erec and Enide, the first of five surviving Arthurian romantic poems by twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, narrates a vivid chapter from the legend of King Arthur. Chrétien's romances became the source for Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England and on the Continent. Yet his swift-moving style is difficult to… See more details below

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Erec and Enide, the first of five surviving Arthurian romantic poems by twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, narrates a vivid chapter from the legend of King Arthur. Chrétien's romances became the source for Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England and on the Continent. Yet his swift-moving style is difficult to capture in translation, and today's English-speaking audiences remain largely unfamiliar with the pleasures of reading his poems.

Now an experienced translator of medieval verse who is himself a poet has translated Eric and Enide in an original three-stress metric verse form that fully captures the movement, the sense, and the spirit of the Old French original. Burton Raffel's rendition preserves the subtlety and charm of a poem that is in turn serious, dramatic, bawdy, merry, and satiric.

Erec and Enide tells the story of Erec, a knight at King Arthur's court, whose retirement to domestic bliss with his beautiful new wife Enide takes him away from his chivalric duties. To regain his knightly honor, Erec sets out with Enide on a series of amazing adventures. Eric dispatches thieves and giants with prodigious strength and valor but treats his wife rather harshly for doubting his abilities. When Enide is kidnapped by a robber baron, Erec revives from near-death to perform a courageous rescue, and at length the two are reconciled.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300067712
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
1,149,486
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy Gilbert's original poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Iowa Review, and other journals. An independent scholar, she has taught literature and writing since 1971. She lives in Oakland, California.

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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