Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart

Paperback | October 20, 1997

byChrétien De TroyesTranslated byBurton Raffel

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In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English language readers the fourth of Chrétien’s five surviving romantic Arthurian poems. This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend.

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The romantic poems of twelfth-century French poet Chretien de Troyes were of immense influence across Europe -- widely imitated, translated, and adapted. Giving rise to a tradition of story-telling that continues to this day, the poems established the shape of the nascent Arthurian legend. In this outstanding new translation of Lancelo...

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In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English language readers the fourth of Chrétien’s five surviving romantic Arthurian poems. This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend.

Burton Raffel is distinguished professor of humanities at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has published extensively, including six books and chapbooks of poetry, three texts on the translation process, and award-winning translations of Zola, Cervantes, and Rabelais. He is currently working on the translation of Chr‚tiens f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.59 inPublished:October 20, 1997Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300071213

ISBN - 13:9780300071214

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The romantic poems of twelfth-century French poet Chretien de Troyes were of immense influence across Europe -- widely imitated, translated, and adapted. Giving rise to a tradition of story-telling that continues to this day, the poems established the shape of the nascent Arthurian legend. In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English-language readers the fourth of Chretien's five surviving romantic Arthurian poems. This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend.Lancelot tells of the adulterous relationship between the knight and his mistress, Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur. Thematically this poem differs from Chretien's other romances -- Lancelot and Guinevere's love is a serious crime against their king, Lancelot casts aside his knightly ideals and reputation for the sake of his beloved, and Arthur is endowed with a weaker personality.Raffel has created an original three-stress metric verse form that captures Chretien's swift-paced narrative and lively, sparkling Old Fre