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Romance of Tristan and Iseult
     

Romance of Tristan and Iseult

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by J. Bedier (Retold by), Hilaire Belloc (Translator)
 

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"A powerful rendition, an incomparable tale." — The New York Times
"Definitely a book to preserve and cherish." — Chicago Sun
"The first complete English edition, brilliantly translated. Throughout it retains the beauty and sense of fatality that have made it one of legendary literature's most fascinating tales." —

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"A powerful rendition, an incomparable tale." — The New York Times
"Definitely a book to preserve and cherish." — Chicago Sun
"The first complete English edition, brilliantly translated. Throughout it retains the beauty and sense of fatality that have made it one of legendary literature's most fascinating tales." — Time
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. Bédier's seamless weaving of many medieval sources into a captivating narrative, complemented by Hilaire Belloc's eloquent translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486440194
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
02/18/2005
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.27(d)

Meet the Author

Author and scholar Joseph Bédier (1864–1938) was an expert on medieval French history. He established his reputation as a writer with the 1900 publication of Le roman de Tristan et Iseult and as a scholar with Les Légendes épiques, a four-volume study of the origins of French epic poetry.
German illustrator Robert Engels (1866–1926) was educated at Düsseldorf's Academy of Art and taught at the Munich Academy. He particularly excelled at the depiction of legends and sagas.
Anglo-French author and historian Hilaire Belloc (1870–1953) was among the 20th century's most prolific writers; his works included poetry, essays, and travel books.

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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was so old that it fell apart the moment I took it out of the packaging. It was in three parts. I dont remember what condition I ordered it in but I wouldnt have ordered anything less than "good." The book I received was definitely not "good."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my faves..... I love it! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.