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Subject: Pre-19th Century Classic
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 8:54 PM ET
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Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier, an age-old love story.   I put this delightful tale under pre19th century as the story was retold by Joseph Bedier who dates from 1864 to 1938, so I am assuming that it took place much earlier.  His sources were many and varied including a 13th century poem.   This tragic romance, as told by Bedier, is so easy to read and flows well in most spots.  The love between Tristan and Iseult the Fair continues throughout their lives, even though Iseult is married to King Mark.  The difficulty lies with the conflict between their love for each other and their love and respect for King Mark.  Jealous men associated with the court are resentful of the young Tristan and his influence because King Mark treats him as a son.  The lovers struggle with their love for each other and King Mark.  Tristan is sent away time and again due to accusations by these jealous men who discover their love.  Yet time and again Tristan becomes a hero on these quests.  Finally, he is injured severely on one of his quests, recovers, and decides to marry Iseult of the White Hands.  Too late, he realizes his mistake and returns to see Iseult the Fair once more.  It was Iseult of the White Hands and her jealousy who seems to be responsible for the death of both.  According to legend, Iseult the Fair dies of her grief and love when she finds Tristan dead and the two are buried side by side by King Mark, who loved them both.  It's a very good quick read.  

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Date Posted: 3/8/2010 10:44 PM ET
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Thanks for the reminder. This has been on my reading list for quite a while, but I haven't gotten a copy yet. Sounds like a good story.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:35 PM ET
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Just finished The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.  Its claim to fame is that it is perhaps the first gothic story.  I found it enjoyable and quite silly.  It was a quick read even though I missed contemporary punctuation and paragraph breaks.  So if giant helmets, mysterious, giant body parts appearing in various parts of the castle and lusty lords are your thing, give it a try!

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 5:05 PM ET
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LOL, Michelle!

That book is mentioned in a lot of historical romance so I want to give it a try...sounds very silly! :P

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 5:30 PM ET
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D.G. - You'll have to let me know what you think!