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Analysis and discussion of characters in Chrétien de Troyes’ Erec and Enide. Erec and Enide has ratings and 46 reviews. BAM said: De Troyes is little known unless one is a French medieval student. He write these four lyrical p. Originally written in Old French, sometime in the second half of the 12th Century A.D., by the court poet Chretien DeTroyes. Translation by W.W.

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When the lovers become estranged because Chrerien neglects his knightly obligations, they subseq Erec and Enide marks the birth of the Arthurian romance as a literary genre.

Not to mention, that second knight is a serial head-chopper who is troyees welcomed back like a long lost son. Bottom line, it delves into topics not often found in what passed for Disney years ago, and it can prove interesting for those interested in Arthurian legends or women troyyes in medieval lit, or simply those yearning to get away from hard line PC.

Good book and provided a lot of reading between the lines.

He overhears Enide crying over this and orders her to prepare for a journey to parts unknown. Lists with This Book. I dont know if it’s a translation problem, but phrases jump between past and present tense even within the same paragraph.

Erec and Enide

The introduction here is fascinating, especially the information about how British and Celtic tales were ‘trending’ in the French courts of the period, leading to a spate of literature on these characters. Anyway, glad I read it, enjoyed the cameos by Gawain, imagine that many of the other minor characters had whole backstories that the audience at the time would have been familiar with, but that are lost to us.

On the surface, Erec and Enide is a classical story of old. A final episode has him dueling a knight bound by his sweetheart’s promise never to leave a garden unless bested in combat.


Enide is upset because Erec stopped doing tournaments and other knightly things, bringing him shame, so she talks to him about it and they go on a quest together, so Erec can prove himself to Enide and test her. She lives in Oakland, California.

Her cousin is even more expedient, she has her lord bound by a promise not to roam until he is defeated on own his turf, which took a pretty long time – rather than let him roam and get himself killed.

The translation is good and keeps the rhyme, though at times I wonder how true it is to the original. The central half of the poem begins some time later when rumors spread that Erec has come to neglect his knightly duties due to his overwhelming love for Enide and desire to be with her. Cline’s translation also tickles our intellect because through it we can read the ecclesiastical elements and classical motifs.

Tests play an important part in character development and marital fidelity. It begins with a visit to a little known land and the mystical tree that holds a basin that causes tempests to blow. Erec defends Enide’s beauty and she steps forward to take the bird.

Another theme of the work is the Christianity, evidenced by the plot’s orientation around the Christian Calendar. As long enie I fe keep the feminist and continuity editor in my head to stay quiet, this was grand — lots of adventures, sufficient Gawain to keep me from whining and he’s a good guy, too, extra-special bonusand some really nice turns of phrase. Il affronte enfin la “Joie de la Cour”: He quits being a knight, but Enide becomes sad because she feels its her fault everyone makes fun of Erec and they don’t think hes a man anymore.


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So Erec, the most valiant knight, marries Enide, a poor but fair lady. This is how our modern romantic comedies work, and how Shakespeare and Austen and so many others work. Villana seria si le pesara. They are rich in ” chivalric customs and ideals and have little in common with their Celtic prototypes. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Als Enide dat ter sprake brengt, gaat Erec met haar alleen op pad, allerlei avonturen tegemoet A treat not just for students and scholars of Old French literature but, more important, for what we now call general readers—that is, all those who relish a rollicking, well-told tale.

Even as stories like those in A Game of Thrones satirise the knightly outlook, Erec and Enide represents transparent ideals of love, married life, the behaviours and duties of husband and wife and growing up.

Written circathis version of the Griselda legend tells the story of the marriage of Erec, a handsome and courageous Welsh prince and knight of the Round Table, and Enide, an impoverished noblewoman.

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Apr 12, Luis Marroquin rated it really liked it. I had to read it for school, but I found myself enjoying the whole story. People might not have wholeheartedly believed in knights, but they dreamed of these valued, highlights of a more civilised world than reality could offer. I can’t imagine what a guy would think should his beloved choose to share that this gossip makes her unhappy.

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