The Complete Romances of Chretien de Troyes

The Complete Romances of Chretien de Troyes

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[A]n eminently readable text, done clearly and accurately... it gives as good an idea as a translation can of the complexity and subtlety of Chretien's originals.... The text is provided by a translator who understands the spirit as well as the letter of the original and renders it with style.... [T]his translation should attract a wide audience of students and Arthurian enthusiasts." -Speculum

[A] significant contribution to the field of medieval studies [and] a pleasure to read." -Library Journal

These are, above all, stories of courtly love and of knights tested in their devotion to chivalric ideals (with passion and duty often at odds); but they are also thrilling wonder stories of giants, wild men, tame lions, razor-sharp bridges and visits to the Other World." -Washington Post Book World

This tastefully produced book will be the standard general translation for many years to come." -Choice

This new translation brings to life for a new generation of readers the stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Gawain, Perceval, Yvain, and the other "knights and ladies" of Chretien de Troyes' famous romances.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 28mm | 771.1g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253207878
  • 9780253207876
  • 349,710

Table of contents

Erec and Enide
The Knight of the Cart
The Knight With the Lion
The Story of the Grail
Appendix: William of England
Variant Readings of the Manuscript
A Bibliography of Texts and Critical Studies
An Index of Proper Names
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Chretien is where the literary tradition of the Arthurian romance can be seen to begin. . . . His poems are the earliest we have that portray knights errant questing through dangerous forests to challenge unknown opponents and to learn the meaning of love. . . . Staines [also] provides the first, and only, English translation of "Guillaume d'Angeleterre" [and] it is very good to have it available. * Times Literary Supplement *
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About David Staines

David Staines is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, widely published scholar, and general editor of the New Canadian Library.
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