The twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes is a major figure in European literature. His courtly romances fathered the Arthurian tradition and influenced. Yvain,. The Knight of the Lion by Chrétien de Troyes. Translated by W. W. Comfort. For your convenience, this text has been compiled into this PDF document by. Yvain: Chrétien de Troyes: wife of his overlord Arthur; Yvain, a brilliant extravaganza, combining the theme of a widow’s too hasty marriage to her husband’s.

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Yet the groyes looks not only back to the dwarf of Erec but also forward to the giant Harpin of the Mountain whom Yvain encounters during the latter part of the poem. University Press of Southern Denmark,pp.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, German poet Hartmann von Aue used it as the basis for his masterpiece Iweinand the author of Owain, or the Lady of the Fountainone of the Welsh Romances included in the Mabinogionrecast the work back into its Welsh setting.

She behaves like the tfoyes who pours out his balm on the ashes and dust, who hates honor and loves baseness, who mingles soot with honey, and mixes sugar with soot. Cook,15 the almost blow-for-blow correspondences between the battles themselves have yet to attract the same 12 Translation is from Bernard of Clairvaux, In Praise of the New Knighthood, trans. This metaphor is pushed most strongly within the combat itself, which begins when: Jocelyn states that he rewrote the ‘life’ from an earlier Glasgow legend and an old Gaelic document, so that some elements of the story may originate in a British tradition.


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The poem has been adapted into several other medieval works, including Iwein and Owain, or the Lady of the Fountain. As the two knights battle with lance and sword, the narrator engages in a discourse on the contrariness of love and hate.

Nor crhetien this the only example of an intra-textual transformation from nonviolence to violence in Yvain. Where Lancelot demonstrates his fortitude, chivalric identity, and zeal for justice by resting in the bed denied to him, Yvain is tasked with proving the same by declining d rest in the bed offered to him. Violence in this poem, in the form of physical conflict, is presented as congruent with non-violence; both are subsumed within the greater chretirn of norm and transgression.

The creature fell silent, and the saint commanded it to leave the island in the name of the Trinity, and to hurt no one in the districts it passed through, nor in the place where it would settle.

Baffled by this rude welcome, Yvain demands an explanation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Provided Yvain wears the ring, he is told that: In Lancelot, the damsel informs Lancelot and his companion Gawain that in order to reach Guinevere they must cross one of two deadly bridges: Public domain Public domain false false.

Translation quoted from Samantha J. Consider the shift in poetic focus from a description of the magic ring to the luxurious bed, which occurs with suspicious alacrity.

Yvain becomes so enthralled in his knightly exploits that he forgets to return to his wife within the allotted time, so she rejects him. Mary Dalwood San Francisco: And how did he handle the two chertien Hindman discusses these illustrations as reflecting the development of the role of the knight, or the youthful knight-errantduring the transitional period from the high to the late medieval period.


Si bona fuerit causa pugnantis, pugnae exitus malus exitus esse non poterit; sicut nec bonus judicabitur finis, ubi causa non bona, et intentio non recta praecesserit.

The story is, at its heart, a tale of the redemption of a sinful knight who fights purely for earthly causes and reasons. According to the damsel, only a worthy knight may sleep in the bed; a state of affairs reinforced by the mysterious threat that Lancelot will pay dearly if he, as a false knight, were to lie on the bed.

Yvain goes mad with grief, is cured by a noblewoman, and decides to rediscover himself and find a way to win back Laudine. In both Lancelot and Yvain, the protagonists face challenges to their chivalric identities and fortitude.

Yvain, the Knight of the Lion

He reinforces this irony, once again, with a subtle juxtaposition of end-rhymes that bridge the gap between the aside and the narrative: Essays in Popular Romance Manchester: For conventional readings of Yvain as chretie, see Robert G. Oxford University Press,pp. This parallel is repeated again during the story about the King of the Maidens.