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Tristan: With the Surviving Fragments of the 'Tristran of Thomas' (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Tristan: With the Surviving Fragments of the 'Tristran of Thomas' (Penguin Classics)
Author: Gottfried von Strassburg
ISBN 13: 9780140440980
ISBN 10: 140440984
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1960-07-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $18.00
 
 

Gottfried's version of this legendary romance--in which Tristan and Isolde chance to drink a magic potion that causes them to fall in love--portrays Tristan in the round as an attractive and sophisticated pre-Renaissance man. While Gottfried adheres faithfully to the events as set down by Thomas, his chosen source, he is correct over questions of Chrisianity and religion, but no more.

In fact his persona as narrator is oddly elusive and engaging. A virtuoso stylist, adept in irony and wit, he is subtle and almost unmedieval in putting across his own impressions of a love that transcends the bounds advocated by Church or society.