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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

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This immortal tale from the Age of Chivalry concerns the doomed love between a knight and a princess-one of the great romances of medieval literature, along with that of Lancelot and Guinevere. The heroic Tristan, nephew and champion of King Mark of Cornwall, journeys to Ireland to bring home his uncle's betrothed, the fair Iseult. Their shipboard voyage takes a tumultuous turn with a misunderstanding and a magic potion, and the lovers quickly find that there's no turning back. ...
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This immortal tale from the Age of Chivalry concerns the doomed love between a knight and a princess-one of the great romances of medieval literature, along with that of Lancelot and Guinevere. The heroic Tristan, nephew and champion of King Mark of Cornwall, journeys to Ireland to bring home his uncle's betrothed, the fair Iseult. Their shipboard voyage takes a tumultuous turn with a misunderstanding and a magic potion, and the lovers quickly find that there's no turning back.

An enduring theme in Western art, literature, and music, Tristan and Iseult's tragic tale was most famously interpreted by Richard Wagner in his popular opera. This edition features J. Bedier's seamless weaving of many medieval sources into a captivating narrative, complemented by Hilaire Belloc's eloquent translation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781169280977
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1
The Childhood of Tristan 1
The Morholt Out of Ireland 9
The Quest of the Lady with the Hair of Gold 13
The Philtre 22
The Tall Pine-Tree 26
The Discovery 33
The Chantry Leap 38
Part 2
The Wood of Morois 44
Ogrin the Hermit 50
The Ford 54
The Ordeal by Iron 60
Part 3
The Little Fairy Bell 66
Iseult of the White Hands 69
The Madness of Tristan 75
The Death of Tristan 83
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    I first read Joseph Bedier's classic THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND

    I first read Joseph Bedier's classic THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND ISEULT about 20 years ago when I was in high school; in college I read it again, in both French and English, in a Comparative World Literature class. For years I wanted to return to this book, and now I have, reading the beautiful Fonthill Press edition. This little volume has so very much to offer that other versions simply do not have, including the replacement of previous omissions and the correction of errors etc. So far as I can see, this version is totally complete, and so beautifully written and translated. Hilaire Belloc suppressed much, much in his beautiful English translation. In this edition those suppressions have been seamlessly replaced and the translation errors mended, while maintaining the tone of the original. The other English versions are like an unfinished and damaged tapestry; in this version the tapestry has been meticulously and discreetly restored. Every page is a wonder. Also, I must say that the 50+ pages of extra material included here, especially the Introduction, make this a further enriched version, by far the best on the market. If you love stories of youth and beauty and romance and heroes and castles and doomed love and all of that rich, archaic stuff, then this great, magnificent story will literally transport you - and then follow you in your thoughts and in your heart for a lifetime. Well, I am getting carried away, but I am also telling you the truth. THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND ISEULT is simply one of the most precious little gems in world literature, and this version is nothing short of exquisite. Read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Exquisite!

    I first read Joseph Bedier's classic THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND ISEULT about 20 years ago when I was in high school; in college I read it again, in both French and English, in a Comparative World Literature class. For years I wanted to return to this book, and now I have, reading the beautiful Fonthill Press edition. This little volume has so very much to offer that other versions simply do not have, including the replacement of previous omissions and the correction of errors etc. So far as I can see, this version is totally complete, and so beautifully written and translated. Hilaire Belloc suppressed much, much in his beautiful English translation. In this edition those suppressions have been seamlessly replaced and the translation errors mended, while maintaining the tone of the original. The other English versions are like an unfinished and damaged tapestry; in this version the tapestry has been meticulously and discreetly restored. Every page is a wonder. Also, I must say that the 50+ pages of extra material included here, especially the Introduction, make this a further enriched version, by far the best on the market. If you love stories of youth and beauty and romance and heroes and castles and doomed love and all of that rich, archaic stuff, then this great, magnificent story will literally transport you - and then follow you in your thoughts and in your heart for a lifetime. Well, I am getting carried away, but I am also telling you the truth. THE ROMANCE OF TRISTAN AND ISEULT is simply one of the most precious little gems in world literature, and this version is nothing short of exquisite. Read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2007

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

    This book is one of my faves..... I love it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2006

    Best love story

    This is the most romantic story ever written. i strongly recommend reading this book over the new movie that just came out, it is nothing compared to this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    alright

    You definately must be a fan of arthurian literature to enjoy this book. Althought it is short and easy to read, i did not enjoy it at all. I found the wording and the basic concept frustrating and I would not recommend this book to anyone not already interested. However, if the book seems interesting to you I would say its worth a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2004

    Readable, sad and fun (?).

    I had been meaning to read this book since it pops up here and there in conversation and books and music but never got around to it. So I finally picked it up and read it in a few sittings, its a short version. I enjoyed myself and the sadness did not bother me too much. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!

    I LOVED this book. It was charming, romantic, well written, and an easy read. I strongly recommend this one to anyone who likes the Arthurian romance.

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