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Romans de la Table Ronde: Erec et Enide, Cligès, Lancelot, Yvain

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  252 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Premier romancier, premier poète national, admirable maître d'œuvre tant des romans de courtoisie que du roman mystique de Perceval, Chrétien trouve chez le lecteur d'aujourd'hui la même complicité que chez son auditeur des assemblées médiévales. C'est tout le symbolisme des vieux contes de Celtie ou de Rome qui revit à travers les mille péripéties et mystères du cycle cou ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published October 1st 1975 by Gallimard Education (first published 1181)
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Aug 06, 2014 Lada rated it it was amazing
C'est un roman de l'amour.Il y a une recherche de trouver et garder une place qui se pose pour un jeune homme noble, destine a la royaute, fils du roi Lac, Erec qui cherche a briller. Il s'agit de garder cette aureole d'excellence et de retrouver son Enide blanche, symbole de la chasse au blanc cerf du debut du conte dont l'aventure Erec a manque. Il s'agit pour Erec de retrouver l'equilibre,et sauver l'honneur de la royaute, une offense faite a la reine Guenievre et cette aventure se revele tel ...more
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May 15, 2012 Pierre E. Loignon rated it liked it
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Je donnerais 5 étoiles sans hésiter à Chrétien de Troyes, mais je suis très déçu par ce recueil, premièrement du fait que son titre m’avait laissé croire qu’il contenait l’ensemble des romans de la table ronde, alors qu’il fallait plutôt le comprendre au sens où il en contient plus d’un. De manière plus précise, le recueil contient des extraits d’Érec et Énide, de Cligès ou la Fausse Morte, de même que l’entièreté de Lancelot le chevalier à la charrette (avec un résumé d’une demi page de la suit ...more
How can you possibly review a collection of stories which are more than 800 years old and which were a huge influence on Arthurian legend as a whole?

You can't. I think ratings and reviews should compare books to others within the same general area. There would be no point comparing an ancient Greek play, a biography, a YA vampire novel, an academic study and so on to each other because they aren't comparable. I've decided to give Four Arthurian Romances a rating of four stars on this basis. Held
How do you write a review of a classice that set the stage for a thousand King Arthur stories to follow? Each one follows a distinct troubadour-esque storyline of an undefeatable hero, who has the love and adoration of a Special Lady. Each one has a variation...except the one that is written by his patroness, Marie, Countess of Champagne (Eleanor of Aquitaine's daughter). That one is about Lancelot and Guinevere, and involves the heroic knight actually sleeping with Guinevere, and uh, no one tel ...more
Feb 23, 2013 Aryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some great stories in here that I am surprised are not already depicted in movies and art. The idea of a man crossing a bridge that is a sword is incredible. The story of Cliges and the faithful Fenice is romantic. Poor Enide is the most noble lady I have read of in King Arthur's Court. Yvain was sort of a moron, but I was interested to see the element of the ring-giving and the promising to return in a year since it is common in Norse and English fairy tales.
Jan 16, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I assume that the language is more fluid in old French, as it was originally written. Based on the fact that I still followed what was going on easily and was still amused by the jokes and over the top dramatics, I'd say it was a very worthwhile read and a good way to expand my knowledge of the time period and of Arthurian legends.
Jul 27, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
I was doing okay on this until I hit the last (and longest) story, which was just too much for me. It's interesting to read, being of such a different era, but my modern sensibilities got in the way too much to let me really enjoy it.

Marking as done so it doesn't haunt me on goodreads forever.
Nov 09, 2010 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first published work about King Arthur, Lancelot and ultimately the Grail Quest. What a great piece of legend and poetic genius! Marie of France commissioned much of his work and perhaps instructed the content. Withstands all tests!
Sep 03, 2012 Reba rated it liked it
There's an awful lot of superfluous words in these stories! I'm sure they'd all be at least half as long if they were written today. ;-)
Kristin Campbell
Jun 29, 2012 Kristin Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved these stories. The poetry of them was soothing and beautiful. Story's could be considered 'cute'. Doesn't really capture interest too much.
Aug 07, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing
Arthurian Romances have always been my favorite and though each one was wonderful, Erec et Enide and Yvain are my favorite.
Apr 10, 2008 Nathan rated it it was amazing
French romance (in translation) about Arthurian figures. Subtle and surprising, Chretien composes colorful tales that are part morality fable and part heroic odyssey.
Jun 26, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has everything: lovesick knights, fierce damsels, magic, drama. A really great collection of Arthurian stories.
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Chrétien de Troyes, commonly regarded as the father of Arthurian romance and a key figure in Western literature, composed in French in the latter part of the twelfth century. Virtually nothing is known of his life. Possibly a native of Troyes, he enjoyed patronage there from the Countess Marie of Champagne before dedicating his last romance to Count Philip of Flanders, perhaps about 1182. His poet ...more
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