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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier
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Oct 17, 2010

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Read from October 09 to 17, 2010

I read this book primarily to familiarize myself with romantic traditions of the middle ages, and in that sense I found the text quite helpful. Since this particular edition pieces together multiple fragments to create a narrative, the story has a decidedly piecemeal feel to it. One can imagine various troubadours over the years elaborating on one section or another to please a particular audience, eventually creating a sprawling epic that is only partially about the romance between the two title characters. It's worth reading if you like to understand the tradition from which more modern works arise, but I wouldn't rush out to buy it for my next trip to the beach.

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