Growth of the Tristan and Iseut Legend in Wales, England, France and Germany

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These essays examine the links among the four main areas where the Tristan legend flourished. It examines how the legend adapted to each new period and assimilated the new ideas and fashions of the societies for which the authors were writing, over a period of seven centuries.


“Not only is the scholarship involved here of the highest quality, it is also accessible to non-specialists who will no doubt know their ‘Tristan and Isolde” through Malory and Wagner. One of the (many) strengths of this study is its ability to range widely over Celtic, French, English and German and Scandinavian sources and texts and to analyse them judiciously and with reference to the latest scholarship in the field, as the excellent bibliography shows….” – Professor Michael Freeman, University of Bristol

“this strikes me as a well-conceived and interesting volume, which offers a very full analytical coverage of the material. Of particular value is the full treatment of the Welsh Trystan ac Esyllt, and the contextualisation and discussion of the French prose text and the highly problematic version (in literary terms) offered by Malory…..the work covers a great deal of ground within a relatively small space, and there is no feeling that important works have been left out.” – Brian Murdoch, University of Stirling

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface (Jan J. Kirby
Introduction (Françoise H. M. LeSaux)
1. The Welsh Trystan (Françoise H. M. LeSaux)
2. The Early French Tristan Poems (Peter S. Noble)
3. The Prose Tristan (Peter S. Noble)
4. Tristram in English (Phillipa Hardman)
5. Tristan in Germany Between Gottfried von Strassburg, Wagner, and Thomas Mann (Neil E. Thomas)
Conclusion (Françoise H. M. LeSaux)
Bibliography; Index

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