Tristan: With The Surviving Fragments Of The 'tristan Of Thomas' by Gottfried Von StrassburgTristan: With The Surviving Fragments Of The 'tristan Of Thomas' by Gottfried Von Strassburg

Tristan: With The Surviving Fragments Of The 'tristan Of Thomas'

byGottfried Von StrassburgTranslated byA. T. HattoIntroduction byA. T. Hatto

Paperback | July 30, 1960

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One of the great romances of the Middle Ages, Tristan, written in the early thirteenth century, is based on a medieval love story of grand passion and deceit. By slaying a dragon, the young prince Tristan wins the beautiful Isolde's hand in marriage for his uncle, King Mark. On their journey back to Mark's court, however, the pair mistakenly drink a love-potion intended for the king and his young bride, and are instantly possessed with an all-consuming love for each another - a love they are compelled to conceal by a series of subterfuges that culminates in tragedy. Von Strassburg's work is acknowledged as the greatest rendering of this legend of medieval lovers, and went on to influence generations of writers and artists and inspire Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

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Gottfried von Strassburg was one of the greatest medieval German poets, whose courtly epic Tristan und Isolde is the classic version of this famous love story. The dates of his birth and death are unknown, and the only information about him consists of references to him in the work of other poets and inferences from his own work. Altho...
Title:Tristan: With The Surviving Fragments Of The 'tristan Of Thomas'Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:July 30, 1960Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140440984

ISBN - 13:9780140440980

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


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Gottfried Von Strassburg reworks the legendary romance of Tristan and Isolde in this stylish tale. Using the surviving fragments of the medieval work by Thomas as his source, Von Strassburg sticks closely to the story's original chronology, but veers off when it comes to the idea of love - letting his own impressions shine through. A fresh take on an old story, Tristan is sharp and imaginative and will delight readers. This edition is part of the popular Penguin Classics series.