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Fantastic adventures abound in these courtly romances: Erec and Enide, Cligés, The Knight of the Cart, The Knight with the Lion, and The Story of the Grail.
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About the Author
Chretien de Troyes wrote in French in the second half of the twelfth century. Very little is known about his life.
Table of Contents
Translated with Introduction and Notes by William W. Kibler; Erec and Enide translated by Carleton W. Carroll
A Note on the Translations
Erec and Enide
The Knight of the Cart (Lancelot)
The Knight with the Lion (Yvain)
The Story of the Grail (Perceval)
Appendix: The Story of the Grail Continuations
Glossary of Medieval Terms
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are interested in reading the first, romantic retelling of Arthur's legends as we think of them, this is it. It is a series of short stories about Arthur and/or the knights of his court, each of which reads fairly quickly. The original work was in Old French, which is why the style of the prose takes a little getting used to. Once one gets accustomed to the writing, its hard not to get hooked on the stories. My biggest disappointment with this book is that Troyes died before finishing the last story--Parcival!