Legends of Arthur draws on different sources, but emphasises the way in which writers
have created new stories around the great heroes, or have told the
stories in different ways. So there are two versions of each hero's
exploits. Arthur is shown as emperor and warlord, and as the triumphant
and tragic king of the romances, betrayed by Lancelot and Guinevere.
Gawain is the central figure of the wonderful adventures of a Dutch
romance, and the courtly and subtle hero of the English masterpiece Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Tristan appears as the single-minded lover of Iseult in the original
version of his story, and then as a knight of the Round Table whose
devotion to chivalry is almost as great as his passion for his beloved.
In these differing versions, we can see how the Arthurian romances held
the medieval world spellbound for so long, in all their colour and
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Hardback - ISBN: 0851158374 Pages: 459 - Authors: Richard Barber - Publisher: The Boydell Press