The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (Paperback)

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Give the medievals a chance! Chretien's Arthurian romances are an absolute delight. Originally written to be sung periodically to a mass audience, they are bright, immediate, adventurous, and hilarious, and unencumbered by overly literary conventions like cohesion and symmetry. A knight sets out, and around every corner there is a maiden, foe, wizard, troll, or enchanted wood to divert him. "The Knight with the Lion" is so called because he goes to battle with a pet lion. These stories certainly tackle big themes like love and honor, but more than anything they are irreverent storytelling at its finest.

— Jimmy


" 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 Chr tien'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 Chr tien de Troyes' famous romances.

About the Author

David Staines is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, widely published scholar, and general editor of the New Canadian Library.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780253207876
ISBN-10: 0253207878
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication Date: January 22nd, 1991
Pages: 576
Language: English