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Monotony, lack of proportion, vain repetitions, insufficient motivation, wearisome subtleties, and threatened, if not actual, indelicacy are among the most salient defects which will arrest, and mayhap confound, the reader unfamiliar with mediaeval literary craft.

Their subject was war, which was plentiful, and romancex honor, which was perhaps less so. He wished to win them by himself, and would fain attack him first, if they would give him leave: In those days it was the custom and practice that in an attack two knights should not join against one; thus if they too had assailed him, it would seem that they had acted treacherously.

The earth ought by right to swallow me up when the best knight, the most hardy, brave, fair, rromances courteous that ever was a count wrthurian king, has completely abjured all his deeds of chivalry because of me. Apr 12, Joe Totterdell rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whoever wishes to gain the hawk must have a mistress who is fair, prudent, and courteous.


So I must follow him at once, far or near, until I find some arms to hire or borrow. Erec dismounts from his horse, which the host himself leads away by the bridle, and does great honour to his ormances.

Mounted on his horse, and clad in an ermine mantle, he came galloping down the road, wearing a coat of splendid flowered silk which was made at Constantinople. For this is no mere sport: Mediaeval references show that he was held by his immediate successors, as he is held today when fairly viewed, to have been a master of the art of story-telling. Round about her was many a fair lady; yet as the lustrous gem outshines the brown flint, and as the rose excels the poppy, so was Enide fairer than any other lady or damsel to be found in the world, wherever one might search.

Her love and beauty inspired him with great boldness. Erec deals him such a tremendous blow upon the helmet that he quite stuns him.

So they fight all exposed. And if some scenes seem to us indelicate, yet after comparison with other authors of his times, Chretien must be let off with a light sentence. And now at once prepare yourself to take the road.

But next after him, he prized Erec most, and held him more dear than any other knight. They covet the palfrey which Enide rides.

It’s unfinished state presented an irresistible challenge to later poets, some of whom tried to finish it off.

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And now I wish to know thy name. But the spiteful dwarf sallies forth to meet her with his scourge in hand, crying: Then he jumps on d maned palfrey, which is now ready for inspection. Erec went first and took his seat; then all the others in order sit down upon the couches, the cushions, and benches. The maid herself is fair and clever, and besides is of very noble birth.

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He gave them a warm welcome and showed them honour, loving them for the sake of his son Erec. The hunted stag which pants for thirst does not so long for the spring, nor does the hungry sparrow-hawk return so quickly when he is called, as did these two come to hold each other in close embrace. Davit of Tintagel came, who never suffered woe or grief. He was, as far as I am aware, a writer way ahead of his time.

De Troyes, Chrétien (–) – The Arthurian Romances

Having no other riches, she plays with her hawk. This is the custom they are observing, and for this each year they gather here. Law or marriage never brought together two such sweet creatures.

He thrills the ranks in front of him. You gain nothing by this display of grief. Surely we should do our best with our blades of steel ormances the sake of our lady-loves.