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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

Joseph Bédier

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This is the Arthurian legend of Tristan and Iseult. It is a tale of love, honor, intrigue, betrayal and jealousy, ending ultimately in tragedy. This story predates that of Lancelot and Guinevere, and is one of the most influential romances of the medieval period, inspiring many artists, from story-tellers to painters to composers

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. . .Tristan used the sword again and struck so strongly that the air rang all round about: but in vain, for he could not wound and meanwhile the dragon vomited from his nostrils two streams of loath-some flames, and Tristan’s helm blackened like a cinder and his horse stumbled and fell down and died; but Tristan standing on his feet thrust his sword right into the beast’s jaws, and split its heart in two.

Then he cut out the tongue and put it into his hose, but as the poison came against his flesh the hero fainted and fell in the high grass that bordered the marsh around.

Now the man he had stopped in flight was the Seneschal of Ireland and he desired Iseult the Fair: and though he was a coward, he had dared so far as to return with his companions secretly, and he found the dragon dead; so he cut off its head and bore it to the King, and claimed the great reward.

The King could credit his prowess but hardly, yet wished justice done and summo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Okay, so I did NOT love it... but it was good :)

I LOVE the 2006 film Tristan & Isolde for reasons.... mostly this:

and this:

but also because it has one of the most poignantly beautiful forgiveness scenes I have ever seen. Rufus Sewell (as King Mark) delivers an unforgettable performance. Whi...more

A classic myth, but maybe not the best version.

Tristan and Iseult is a big deal: it’s said to be a major influence for the romance between Lancelot and Guinevere, Romeo and Juliet, and pretty much the majority romantic love stories after the 12th century. This myth was passed down verbally and ha...more

Kažkada mokykloje skaičiau, bet ne iki galo. Pamenu, tada labai nustebino tai, kad buvo tokia istorija dar prieš Romeo ir Džiuljetos meilės istoriją. Dabar skaitant buvo įdomu ir ne taip sunku skaityti kaip paauglystėje. Savitas kūrinio stilius ir pasakojimas, visokių sutapimų, prietarų, papročių...more

دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانِ "تریستان و ایزوت" بارها به روش هایِ گوناگونِ ادبی بیان شده است. به صورت شعر و داستان و حتی توسطِ <واگنر> به صورتِ اپرائی زیبا و دیدنی و شنیدنی درآمده است
در زیر چکیده ای کوتاه از این داستان را برایِ شما دلدادگانِ گرامی، مینویسم
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I would have liked more romance and less chivalry, but I enjoyed the ride.

Δεν ήταν προσεγμένη η συγκεκριμένη έκδοση. Αρκετά ορθογραφικά λάθη σε σημείο εκνευρισμου!!
Εντούτοις, γλυκιά η ιπποτικη αφήγηση, μια ιστορία αγάπης σε παραμυθιακη μορφή, με όλα τα κλασικά μοτίβα. Για όσους αγαπάνε τα παραμύθια ( όπως εγώ) η Ιστορία του Τριστανου και της Ιζολδης, έχει όλα τα χαρακ...more

بد نبود.یه داستان حماسی که موضوعش مشابه داستان ویس و رامین بود؛اما با پایانی متفاوت...حداقل خوشحالم که معروف ترین داستان عاشقانه قرن ۱۲ میلادی فرانسه را خوندم...
یادم باشه که فیلمش را هم ببینم

Une passion folle ou une folie passionnee, ce roman, bien qu'idealise par le medieviste Joseph Bedier, nous donne une histoire d'amour, qui ne peut pas etre vecue. S'y melent les divers elements des romans chevaleresques, comme fin amor, le feodalisme et tout ce qui le represente....Ce qui m'a pl...more

If you've read any other Tristan text, like that of Gottfried von Strassberg, this is nothing new. The introduction suggests that this is the oldest surviving Tristan text: perhaps so, I think it may well be right.

The translation is clear and easy to read, and you get the whole gist of the story....more


Book of Books, the very oddest
Here - the Book of Love.
Alertly have I read it:
Of joy a few brief pages,
Volumes filled with sorrow;
And then a part that deals with parting.
Rendezvous - a little chapter,
Fragmentary. - Tomes on worry
Lengthened by the clarifers,
Measureless, no end.
O Nizami! - in the lo...more

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