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The White Raven
The White Raven
Author: Diana L. Paxson
This haunting retelling of the tale of Tristan and Iseult (here called Drustan and Esseilte in accordance with Celtic legend and language) goes back to early versions, before Mallory and Wagner, to explore the nature of love, duty and loyalty. The story is told by Branwen, cousin and companion to Esseilte, daughter of the High King of Eriu (Irel...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380752294
ISBN-10: 0380752298
Publication Date: 8/1989
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books (Mm)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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The story of Tristan and Iseult retold in a romantic 6th century Celtic setting. If you liked Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic, The Mists of Avalon, you'll love this one, too.
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Paxon recreates a Celtic world to tell the timeless legend of Tristan and Iseult.
A rich, beautifully realized story.
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This is a romantic retelling the beautiful story of Tristan and Iseult. I cried as I read the last few pages. It's enchanting. The author explains that Drustan and Marc'h lived as believed. It appears that Drustan could have been Marc'h's son and the author explains how this may be so. Discovering a faint carving that was later addded to the Drustanius gravestone indicates that Eisseilt may well have existed as well. And, because of the rules governing royal behavior at the time, Paxton explains why Branwen or someone like her may have helped the couple meet in spite of Eisseilt's marriage. The author, who has been devoted to this romantic tale since college, details origin of the ballads, poems and stories told by Drustan and others. Furthermore, she explains how the books parallels the political history of the time. The research was considerable making the book even more fun.
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