BRITISH MUSEUM MEDIEVAL LOVE POETRY


BRITISH MUSEUM MEDIEVAL LOVE POETRY

EDITED BY JOHN CHERRY    Book Number: 80888    Product format: Hardback

Courtly love and romance originated in Provence in Southern France in the 12th century and this concept underlies the romances chosen here. The story of Tristan and Isolt is well known to us through the music of Richard Wagner and its story goes back to Celtic sources. The tiles from Chertsey Abbey illustrate the version by Thomas and convey a vivid sense of the feelings of the participants like the barons lamenting their sons (see page 17) and essential moments in the story (page 23). The romance of Lancelot and that of Gawain and the Green Knight are both set in the surroundings of the Court of King Arthur. Lancelot was written by Chretien de Troyes and is a late addition to the group of Arthurian tales. It tells of the struggle of the hero to rescue Guinevere from her captor. The Chatelaine of Vergi is one of the most beautiful of the late Medieval stories of love. Written before 1288 and set in Burgundy, at least six ivory caskets exist which show this story which is not commonly illustrated elsewhere. The Romance of the Rose was written in the form of an allegory, the most popular expression of fine aristocratic love and is the story of a dreamer's quest for his beloved who is never given a human shape but her heart is visualised as a rose bud. Scenes of courtly love were illustrated on rich and luxurious objects like gold jewels, ivory, mirror cases, writing tablets and the 'Romance' lids on caskets. With extracts from original texts of troubadour's poems and chansons, preface by plot summaries and contemporary images dripping in colour. 96pp.
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