The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes

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Indiana University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 542 pages

"[A]n eminently readable text, done clearly and accurately... it gives as good an idea as a translation can of the complexity and subtlety of Chrétien's originals.... The text is provided by a translator who understands the spirit as well as the letter of the original and renders it with style.... [T]his translation should attract a wide audience of students and Arthurian enthusiasts." --Speculum

"[A] significant contribution to the field of medieval studies [and] a pleasure to read." --Library Journal

"These are, above all, stories of courtly love and of knights tested in their devotion to chivalric ideals (with passion and duty often at odds); but they are also thrilling wonder stories of giants, wild men, tame lions, razor-sharp bridges and visits to the Other World." --Washington Post Book World

"This tastefully produced book will be the standard general translation for many years to come." --Choice

This new translation brings to life for a new generation of readers the stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Gawain, Perceval, Yvain, and the other "knights and ladies" of Chrétien de Troyes' famous romances.

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Chretien was a romancer in the Court of Marie of Champagne, eldest daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine. His works are well translated by David Staines. The Title is a little ironic as Chretien only ... Read full review

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Excellent translations of Chretien's romances by David Staines -- very readable. I particularly liked the fact that, in The Story of the Grail Staines translates "graal" as "bowl," rather than "grail ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

David Staines is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, widely published scholar, and general editor of the New Canadian Library.

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