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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier
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Dec 28, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: romance, legands-myths, medieval-work, arthurian-legend, world-literature
Read from December 28, 2011 to January 17, 2012 , read count: 1

Searched and read the e-book. Why? Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances in the medieval period. Although this story line has been used endlessly later, in many classic romance stories like the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, this is a very good read and the original.

This one, Bedier's translation which was then translated by Hilaire Belloc) is the living piece of mythology. He tells Tristan and Isolde the same way you've probably heard it a thousand times. I believe, how this tale was meant to be told. (This is more close to Beroul's poem.)
This has everything: dragons, magic, love philtres, cunning dwarves, unethical opponents, lepers and hermits, castles, forests, sea, revenge, murder, deciet, love and loyalty.

If you are at all interested in mythology, especially that of Arthurian theme or Medieval literature, Bedier's translation of "Tristan and Iseult" is the one for you. You won't be disappointed.
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