The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

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A tale of chivalry and doomed, transcendent love, 'The Romance of Tristan and Iseult' is one of the most resonant works of Western literature, as well as the basis for our enduring idea of romance. The story of the Cornish knight and the Irish princess who meet by deception, fall in love by magic, and pursue that love in defiance of heavenly and earthly law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679750161
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/31/1994
Series: Vintage Classics
Edition description: 1st Vintage classics ed
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 316,768
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Joseph Bedier (1864–1938) was a distinguished French medievalist, literary historian, and poet. His authoritative reconstruction of The Romance of Tristan and Iseult from the ancient French poems and a variety of other early sources was originally published to considerable acclaim in France in 1900. He also produced a critical edition of the Chanson de Roland, among other volumes of literary history.

Hilaire Belloc was born near Paris in 1870 and raised in England, though he remained a French citizen until 1902. He attended Balliol College in Oxford. His most famous works were his humorous morality poems and cautionary tales for children. After the loss of his son in World War I he wrote a series of historical biographies and religious texts, reaffirming his Roman Catholic faith. He died in 1953.

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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 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!!!
ReadingFever on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Before Romeo and Juliet, and Lancelot and Guenevere, there were Tristan and Iseult.Tristan and Iseult's story is one of honor, betrayal, jealousy, forbidden love, potions, Kings, Queens, etc... It has everything needed to create a lasting and memorable tale. The wording in this story is so well done! It just screams: "tragedy!"There are a lot of questions regarding this tale. Did Tristan and Iseult really live? Is their story true? Who knows? I don't.I do know, however, that this tale along with its many versions has captured my heart. This is possibly my favorite story. I downloaded the audio book (for free!) last year and have been completely taken away with it ever since! I have recently listened to it again, and let me assure you: this is a great love story.The movie was pretty good...but never mind that! You need to hear the audio book; or at least read the book. I'm partial to the audio book because I love the narrator's accent, and feel that it added to the story, making it more real
Ganeshaka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This collaboration by Bedier, Belloc, and Rosenfield on retelling, translating, and completing the romance of Tristan and Iseult is a bit of a page turner. I expected to have to make an effort in exploring this medieval classic, but the prose was clear and swift. The story is compelling with its twists and turns, and as fresh as falling in love. It's essentially an exploration of the myriad permutations that a passionate infatuation can have on the loyalties of friends, the conspiracies of frenemies, and one's own peace of mind. Today, there's a name for this kind of whirlwind disorienting experience. It's called "middle school".
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.