The Romance of Tristan : The Tale of Tristan's Madness

Description

One of the earliest extant versions of the Tristan and Yseut story, Beroul's French manuscript of The Romance of Tristan dates back to the middle of the twelfth century. It recounts the legend of Tristan, nephew of King Mark of Cornwall, and the king's Irish wife Yseut, who fall passionately in love after mistakenly drinking a potion. Their illicit romance remains secret for many years, but the relentless suspicion of the king's barons and the fading effects of the magic draught eventually lead to tragedy for the lovers. While Beroul's work emphasizes the impulsive and often brutal behaviour of the characters, its sympathetic depiction of two people struggling against their destiny is one of the most powerful versions of this enduringly popular legend.

Details

Author(s)
Beroul, Alan Fedrick
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 10mm | 134g
Publication date
27 Jul 1978
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0140442308
ISBN13
9780140442304
Bestsellers rank
173,849