Love in the Last Days

After Tristan and Iseult

Author: D. Nurkse

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0451494814

Category: Poetry

Page: 104

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A contemporary requiem--an earthy yet elegant reconsideration of the Tristan and Iseult story, from the former poet laureate of Brooklyn. In D. Nurkse's wood of Morois, the Forest of Love, there's a fine line between the real and the imaginary, the archaic and the actual, poetry and news. The poems feature the voices of the lovers and all parties around them, including the servant Brangien; Tristan's horse, Beau Joueur; even the living spring that flows through the tale ("in my breathing shadow / the lovers hear their voices / confused with mine / promising a slate roof, / a gate, a child . . . "). Nurkse brings us an Iseult who has more power than she wants over Tristan's imagination, and a Tristan who understands his fate early on: "That charm was so strong, no luck could free us." For these lovers, time closes like a book, but it remains open for us as we hear both new tones and familiar voices, eerily like our own, in this age-old story made new again.
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The Romance of Tristan and Iseut

Author: Joseph Bédier,Edward J. Gallagher

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 1603849009

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

View: 409

The first English language translation of Bédiers classic work in nearly seventy years, this volume is the only edition that provides ancillary materials to help the reader understand the history of the legend and Bédier's method in creating his classic retelling.
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The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472114914

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1648

The Mammoth Book of Arthurian Legends brings together many of the traditional stories about King Arthur along with several new interpretations of the legend to provide a complete picture of his birth, adventures, romance and fate. it traces Arthur's exploits to gain the sword Excalibur, the conflict with his half sister Morgan, the birth of his bastard son Mordred, and the shadowy influence and fate of Merlin. The collection also follows the adventures of many of Arthur's knights including Sir Balin, Sir Percival, Sir Gawain, Sir Lanval, Sir Marrock, Sir John, Sir Tristan and of course, Sir Lancelot. This culminates in the mighty Quest for the Holy Grail, the breakup of the Round Table, and finally the usurping of the throne by Mordred and the death of Arthur at Camlann. It even looks beyond the death of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot to a ghostly finale of love immortal. Stories included are: The Winning of a Sword by Howard Pyle The Treason of Morgan le Fay by George Cox The Knight with Two Swords by John Steinbeck Sir Percival of Wales by Roger Lancelyn Green The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Hillaire Belloc The Quest for the Holy Grail by Andrew Lang Guinevere and Lancelot by Andrew machen The Lady of Belec by Phyllis Anne Karr The Quiet Monk by Jane Yolen
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Myths & Legends Of The Middle

Author: Guerber,

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136214216

Category: Social Science

Page: 550

View: 9240

First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Story of Joy

From the Bible to Late Romanticism

Author: Adam Potkay

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521879116

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 5621

A highly original and hugely enjoyable literary and cultural history of joy from ancient times to the present.
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The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

Author: J. Bédier,Hilaire Belloc

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486440192

Category: Fiction

Page: 96

View: 4671

This immortal tale concerns the doomed love between a knight and a princess. The heroic Tristan, nephew and champion of King Mark of Cornwall, journeys to Ireland to bring home his uncle's betrothed, the fair Iseult. Their shipboard voyage takes a tumultuous turn with a misunderstanding and a magic potion, and the lovers quickly find that there's no turning back.
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Tristan und Isolde

Author: Gottfried v. Strassburg

Publisher: N.A



Page: 403

View: 3496

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The New Arthurian Encyclopedia

New edition

Author: Norris J. Lacy,Geoffrey Ashe,Sandra Ness Ihle,Marianne E. Kalinke,Raymond H. Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136606327

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 654

View: 402

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Posted in Literary Criticism

A Natural History of Love

Author of the National Bestseller A Natural History of the Senses

Author: Diane Ackerman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763323

Category: Psychology

Page: 384

View: 9140

The bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses now explores the allure of adultery, the appeal of aphrodisiacs, and the cult of the kiss. Enchantingly written and stunningly informed, this "audaciously brilliant romp through the world of romantic love" (Washington Post Book World) is the next best thing to love itself. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Sharp Hook of Love

Author: Sherry Jones

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451684800

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 5901

The first retelling of the passionate, twelfth-century love story since the discovery of 113 lost love letters between Heloise d’Argenteuil and Pierre Abelard—the original Romeo and Juliet. "While I sleep you never leave me, and after I wake I see you, as soon as I open my eyes, even before the light of day itself." —Abelard to Heloise Among the young women of twelfth-century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God. But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever. Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the Notre-Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition. Sherry Jones weaves the lovers’ own words into an evocative account of desire and sacrifice. As intimate as it is erotic, as devastating as it is beautiful, The Sharp Hook of Love is a poignant, tender tribute to one of history’s greatest romances, and to love’s power to transform and endure.
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History, Fiction, Verisimilitude

Studies in the Poetics of Gottfried's Tristan

Author: Mark Chinca

Publisher: MHRA

ISBN: 9780947623494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

View: 8755

This study of Gottfried von Strassburg discusses the narrative technique of his romance Tristan (c. 1210) against the double background of Latin rhetoric and poetics on the one hand, and the developing written vernacular tradition on the other. It argues that Gottfried's poetics represents the attempt to mediate between opposing tendencies in vernacular narrative, the one historiographic and archival, the other fictional and experimental. Verisimilitude, the res ficta quae tamen fieri potest, occupies an intermediate position between the res factae of history and the res fictae of poetry; it is on this middle ground that Gottfried situates his narrative.
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December's Thorn

A Fever Devilin Novel

Author: Phillip DePoy

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 1250026008

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5279

"December's thorn, cruelest in the wood, Will give no rose, but still draw blood" —Traditional Fever Devilin is an academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he's returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. Still recovering from a near-death experience, Fever is visited by a woman who claims to be his wife. And she's there to deliver some shocking news: Fever has a son. His friends don't really believe the woman exists—they think she's another hallucination of a mind still slowly recovering from a long-term coma. Fever's fiancée is torn between being outraged and concerned for his mental health. None of this is helped by the fact that Fever, even in the best of times, has a tendency to see things that others don't and that may not, strictly speaking, exist. But when someone starts shooting very real bullets from a very real rifle in Fever's direction, the one thing that everyone can agree upon is that there's something very deadly going on. In this novel from Phillip DePoy, all Fever has to do is sort out who is trying to kill him—and why—before they succeed.
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The Philosophers of Monterey

A Novel The Untold Friendship of John Steinbeck, Joseph Campbell, and Ed Ricketts

Author: Michael J. Hanson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450050816

Category: Fiction

Page: 153

View: 8252

Before they would take their place among the best known minds of the twentieth century, a youthful trio of men—Joseph Campbell, John Steinbeck, and Ed Ricketts—became best of friends among the fecund hills of California’s Carmel Valley. As Depression and Prohibition gripped the country, these three embarked upon a journey of burgeoning passion and ideas, propelling them toward future provenance, but also down a path that would tear their friendship apart. Myth and psychology expert Michael Hanson imagines this brilliant and sometimes torrid period of their lives in this work of historical fiction.
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Medieval Italy

An Encyclopedia

Author: Christopher Kleinhenz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135948801

Category: History

Page: 2160

View: 1132

This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.
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The Maid of the White Hands

The Second of the Tristan and Isolde Novels

Author: Rosalind Miles

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307422143

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5133

Isolde's day has come. In Ireland, her mother, the Queen, lies dying. The throne of the Emerald Isle, one of the last strongholds of the goddess, awaits her. But while Ireland is her destiny, Isolde is already Queen of Cornwall, trapped in a loveless marriage to its mean-spirited King Mark. Her true love is his nephew, Tristan of Lyonesse, who has never married, remaining faithful only to Isolde. Across the sea in France, a young princess who shares Isolde's name enters the story. King Hoel named his daughtor in honor of Isolde of Ireland, and young Isolde of France has always been determined to outdo her beautiful namesake. She is a physician, too, and is called "Blanche Mains," for her white hands and healing touch. Blanche is of an age to be married, and she has chosen her husband—Tristan of Lyonesse. Her father objects, but fate favors Blanche. King Mark has become suspicious of his wife and nephew, and when Tristan is wounded in battle, he sees a chance to separate them for good. Mark sends Tristan to France to be healed by Blanche, who makes the most of the opportunity. Tristan's letters to Isolde are intercepted, and he is told that she has given him up. Near death from his wounds, Tristan sends one last, desparate letter to Isolde by a trusted servant. He is dying, he tells her, and asks for one final sign of their love. If she can forgive him for betraying her, she must come to France in a ship set with white sails. If the ship's sails are black, however, he will know that she no longer loves him. Isolde immediately leaves for France, but when Blanche sees the white-sailed ship from the castle window, she pulls the curtains and tells Tristan that the sails are black. To her horror, he turns his face to the wall and dies. There ends the traditional medieval story of Tristan and Isolde—with betrayal, death, and grief. But the original Irish lengend ends differently, and so does this book, wth magic and drama as only Rosalind Miles could write it. From the Hardcover edition.
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Richard Wagner's Women

Author: Eva Rieger

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843836858

Category: Music

Page: 239

View: 1509

Looks at the life of composer Richard Wagner, showing how the women he loved inspired the music he created.
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Richard Wagner

New Light on a Musical Life

Author: John Louis DiGaetani

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786445440

Category: Music

Page: 228

View: 5968

This is a new biography of the German composer Richard Wagner, 100 years after his birth, re-examining his life in light of new documents and new sensibilities. Since World War II Wagner has often been wrongly associated with the name of Adolf Hitler because Hitler liked Wagner's music and used it in Nazi propaganda. But Wagner died in 1883--fifty years before Hitler's regime. It is time to have a fresh look at Wagner's life in terms of new realities and without the Nazi associations which he does not deserve. His life was a series of abandonments and traumas, for the self-destructive but creative genius, in which he tried to survive as a free lance composer in the hostile environments of l9th century Germany.
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In jedem Augenblick unseres Lebens


Author: Tom Malmquist

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608100814

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 1363

»In jedem Augenblick unseres Lebens« ist ein tragisch-schönes Buch über ein Jahr, das alles verändert. Eine Geschichte über Verlust, Elternschaft und das Leben, das wir leben, Augenblick für Augenblick. Hier gibt es kein Dann, kein Später, nur Jetzt. Ein Buch wie ein einziger Atemzug. Tom und Karin erwarten ihr erstes Kind, als Karin plötzlich schwer erkrankt und ins Krankenhaus eingeliefert werden muss. Das Baby wird per Kaiserschnitt gerettet, während Tom wie in einem Albtraum in den unterirdischen Gängen des Krankenhauses umherirrt. Zwischen Intensivstation und Säuglingsstation, zwischen Leben und Tod. Als er nach Hause zurückkehrt, hat er Karin verloren und ist allein mit einem Neugeborenen. Um sich seiner Trauer zu stellen und seiner Tochter ein Vater zu sein, beginnt er ein Buch zu schreiben.
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