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Re: XIIth century writer Chrétien de Troyes
How lovely for you Francine, if you read and understand French.
Unfortunately I only read English so we have a copy of the Romance in
English. It is worth careful reading.
At 10:39 AM 11/11/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Greetings to all,
>As winter and cold nights approach, I may have some suggestions of books to
>read. Last summer, as I was in the South of France, I bought a copy (in
>Avignon) of the very first French novel ever written: « Le chevalier de la
>charette ou le roman de Lancelot » by Chrétien de Troyes (ISBN
>2-253-05401-1) republished in Livre de poche, Lettres Gothiques, 1992),
>and originally written between 1177 and 1179. It is about the legend of
>Tristan and the secrets of the Grail. It was adapted to modern French by
>Charles Méla, professor of medieval studies at Université de Genève, and
>awarded an Académie française prize in 1985 for a study he did on de
>Troyes. Méla was smart enough to print the original text (old French) on
>the left pages, and the modern French one on the right pages.
>Chrétien de Troyes later wrote « Le conte du Graal» (The Story of the Grail)
>and « le Chevalier au Lion » (The Lion Knight, or Knight with a Lion). It is
>good to know that Troyes was the appointed writer of Comtess Marie de
>Champagne, daughter born in 1145 of Aliénor d'Aquitaine and Louis VII, and
>wife of Henri I le Libéral. (Mother Aliénor remarried in 1152 with Henri
>Plantagenet Count of Anjou and future King of England). If I mention this
>today it is because I moved last spring and just found this book in a box.
>Never read it. But as I begin to, I realize how important it is. And how
>stupid of me to have forgottent all about it.
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