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Tristan in the Underworld

Study of Gottfried Von Strassburg's "Tristan" Together with the "Tristan" of Thomas. Studies in Medieval Literature 10

By (author) Neil Thomas
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 30th Sep 1991
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773497129
ISBN-13: 9780773497122
Barcode No: 9780773497122
Synopsis
The findings of recent archaeological and folkloric studies are subsumed into this study where they possess literary relevance. The author finds that the Thomas/Gottfried branch of the legend has little to do with an uncritical glorification of "courtly love" as that term has been commonly understood. Rather, the tension arising from within the amorous triangle of Tristan, Isolde, and Marke is finally resolved on terms favourable to the collective and the adultery is not finally permitted to injure the fabric of courtly civilization which Tintagel symbolizes. Gottfried von Strassburg emerges less as a critic of the chivalric order than as a staunch defender of the feudal status quo.

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