Twelfth-century French poet Chrtien de Troyes was one of the most influential figures in Western literature, for his romantic poems on the legend of King Arthur gave rise to a tradition of storytelling that continues to this day. This important and fascinating book is a study of all of Chrtiens work.Joseph J. Duggan begins with an introduction that sets Chrtien within the social and intellectual currents of his time. He then organizes the book in chapters that focus on major issues in Chrtiens romances rather than on individual works, topics that range from the importance of kinship and genealogy to standards of secular moral responsibility and from Chrtiens art of narration to his representation of knighthood. Duggan offers new perspectives on many of these themes: in a chapter on the influence of Celtic mythology, for example, he gives special attention to the ways Chrtien integrated portrayals of motivation with mythic themes and characters, and in discussing the Grail romance, he explores the parallels between Percevals and Gauvains adventures.

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