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In this outstanding new translation of Lancelot, Burton Raffel brings to English language readers the fourth of Chr tien s five surviving romantic Arthurian poems This poem was the first to introduce Lancelot as an important figure in the King Arthur legend


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  1. Finn Longman Finn Longman says:

    lancelot is a damsel in distresslancelot in the tower oh woe, my life sucks, i m stuck here foreverthe maiden yo, lancelot lancelot i will never be free nobody knows i m here alas.the maiden seriously dude i m right herelancelot i wish i was deadthe maiden LANCELOTlancelot i m dreamingthe maiden no you re not i m literally right herelancelot who are you the maiden your knight in shining armour now stop messing about and throw down that rope you ve got, and i ll send up on it this p lancelot is a damsel in distresslancelot in the tower oh woe, my life sucks, i m stuck here foreverthe maiden yo, lancelot lancelot i will never be free nobody knows i m here alas.the maiden seriously dude i m right herelancelot i wish i was deadthe maiden LANCELOTlancelot i m dreamingthe maiden no you re not i m literally right herelancelot who are you the maiden your knight in shining armour now stop messing about and throw down that rope you ve got, and i ll send up on it this pickaxe that i handily have with me because i am an excellent rescuer, and then i ll make it so you don t die on the journey even if i have to walk so that you can ride my mule, and basically i am a thousand timescompetent than youlancelot wowlancelot this is definitely not a dream, right the maiden definitely not.lancelot okay but like i love you a lot for rescuing me and i think you re awesome, but i m still totally in love with guinevere you know that don t you the maiden rolls eyes just let me rescue you already


  2. Mark Adderley Mark Adderley says:

    Chr tien de Troyes poem, Lancelot, or, The Knight of the Cart, tells the story of Queen Guinevere s abduction by Meleagant, a prince of the kingdom of Gorre, and his liberation of all the prisoners Meleagant has held there It is also the first extant poem to give an account of Lancelot s adulterous love for Guinevere In many ways, it s an odd poem The first half seems almost Messianic, with Lancelot unnamed by Chr tien at the time destined to rescue the prisoners in the land of Gorre from Chr tien de Troyes poem, Lancelot, or, The Knight of the Cart, tells the story of Queen Guinevere s abduction by Meleagant, a prince of the kingdom of Gorre, and his liberation of all the prisoners Meleagant has held there It is also the first extant poem to give an account of Lancelot s adulterous love for Guinevere In many ways, it s an odd poem The first half seems almost Messianic, with Lancelot unnamed by Chr tien at the time destined to rescue the prisoners in the land of Gorre from their tyrannical captor, Meleagant then it transforms into a tale of adulterous love.Lancelot s mission starts to become messianic with his lifting of the tomb lid 1900 09 230 31 His actions release prisoners, and he s the only person who can do it One of these prisoners later tells him, when one person can escape this imprisonment without trickery, all the others, I assure you, will be able to leave unchallenged 2110 15 233 This comment sets the whole adventure in a Harrowing of Hell mode, where Lancelot stands in for Christ, redeeming those souls ensnared by Satan through no fault of their own They simply had the misfortune to be born BC rather than AD Later, the joy of the released prisoners, and their ability to slay their captors even though it was principally through the efforts of un seul chevalier 2431 237 reflects the belief that many are redeemed through the sacrifice of a single individual, i.e., Christ.In some ways, this is a very poor poem, especially when compared with Yvain, Or, the Knight With the Lion Arthur is an object almost of derision, Lancelot s passion makes him subject to silly trances and has almost unmanned him, and Guinevere is so fickle one wonders why on earth Lancelot is attracted to her It is a poem Chr tien does not seem happy with Erec and Enide was about a knight reconciling his marriage with his life of chivalry, Yvain about a knight reconciling his life of chivalry with his marriage Lancelot is about illicit love, and possibly the disharmonious theme did not appeal to Chr tien, since it could not be expressive of perfect love This perhaps according to Gaston Paris and those who followed him is why Chr tien left the poem to Godefroi de Leigny to complete It has also been suggested that the poem is an allegory of Chr tien s relationship with Marie de Champagne, fictionalizing the trials a great man suffers on account of a woman s whim Arthur is a typical cuckold, weak, ineffectual, and pathetic perhaps even comic Guinevere must become personally unpalatable, submitting her lover to any number of unreasonable trials, and he must put up not only with the trials, but with her whims as well There is no hint of any idealistic conflict within Lancelot, as there is in later versions of the story He feels no guilt at sleeping with his lord s wife, simply pleasure at being able to do so, nor is there any investigation into what has initially attracted Lancelot and Guinevere to one another Possibly it is this also which so disgusted Chr tien that he could not finish it However, the poem was tremendously influential prior to it, Lancelot had had a very meagre biography, but afterwards, he became the major knight of the Round Table Chr tien s poem gave the Arthurian legend form But none of the story is specific to Lancelot Prior to Chr tien s romance, he had no biography of his own, and all his adventures here have also been credited to other Round Table knights.Chr tien is one of the first writers to develop the idea of allegory it s to be seen in the passage in which Love debates with Reason as to whether Lancelot should mount the cart 360 77 211 12 , in the debate between Generosity and Compassion 2836 65 when Lancelot is trying to decide whether to kill the knight who is at his mercy, and when Joy and Reason struggle to decide how the queen will greet the recently released Lancelot 6820 53 290 91 Each of these debates sets up a particular duality The first pits an emotion against an intellectual capacity the debate is essentially one between sense and sensibility Emotion wins here, but only after a struggle The second pits a chivalric virtue, generosity or largesse OFr largece , against a religious virtue, compassion or pity Lancelot s solution is to fight again, a brilliant reconciliation between the two apparently incompatible virtues This to some extent characterizes Chr tien s work it repeatedly submits its hero to a series of tests in which two incompatible virtues vie Lancelot becomes, to a certain extent, a model for behaviour Eventually, the queen allows herself to be ruled by Reason, not Joy, so she is capable of suppressing her own desires.Ruth Harwood Cline s translation is masterful, taking Chr tien s octosyllabic couplets in French and transforming them into octosyllabic couplets in English And where I ve checked it against the French, it s remarkably accurate Of all the translations of Chr tien, this is the most fun to read And the poem itself is of tremendous importance to the history of Arthurian literature It just doesn t hang together very well which is why I don t give it a perfect rating


  3. Jen Jen says:

    thoughts that i can t put in my essay lancelot is a dumb bitch i m pretty sure Guinevere and him share one brain cell because she ain t much better in every adaption i read King Arthur always gives off big himbo energy i need a YA or New Adult book about Meleagant s sister ASAP why has no one done this she s the real star of the story additionally, i thought it was really interesting how it was a lady saving a knight from being imprisoned in a tower, when modern pop fiction has it the oth thoughts that i can t put in my essay lancelot is a dumb bitch i m pretty sure Guinevere and him share one brain cell because she ain t much better in every adaption i read King Arthur always gives off big himbo energy i need a YA or New Adult book about Meleagant s sister ASAP why has no one done this she s the real star of the story additionally, i thought it was really interesting how it was a lady saving a knight from being imprisoned in a tower, when modern pop fiction has it the other way around when it comes to stories based on these tales from the twelfth century


  4. Meghan Meghan says:

    Chr tien would be so chagrinned Himself profoundly antipathetic towards adulterous love, he introduced the world to the most popular adulterous couple of all time, surpassing even his unfavorite, the Tristan Iseut juggernaut, which he alternately bashed and deconstructed in Clig s.To be fair, I wouldn t say his handling of the Lancelot Guinevere romance was exactly wholly responsible for the subsequent popularity of the pairing Although he includes a perfunctory love scene where a bloody finge Chr tien would be so chagrinned Himself profoundly antipathetic towards adulterous love, he introduced the world to the most popular adulterous couple of all time, surpassing even his unfavorite, the Tristan Iseut juggernaut, which he alternately bashed and deconstructed in Clig s.To be fair, I wouldn t say his handling of the Lancelot Guinevere romance was exactly wholly responsible for the subsequent popularity of the pairing Although he includes a perfunctory love scene where a bloody fingered Lancelot bends metal bars to hook up with an imprisoned Guinevere while Kay, gravely wounded by his usual combination of bravado and poor planning, sleeps unwittingly in the same room, there isn t much of a payoff to their relationship They don t get a happy or a tragic ending together in fact, in the final penned by Godefroy de Leigny after Chr tien, having stranded Lancelot in a tower, pawned the thing off on him with some kind of outline to work from, at least one scholar apparently thinks Lancelot isinto the evil Meleagant s little sister, who rescues him from said tower, although I think he s reading way too much into a little hugging and kissing, which is pretty vanilla for Lancelot, whose relationship with Guinevere has strong D s overtones.When the two of them see each other again at Arthur s court, Guinevere came somewhat to her senses and put the matter to one side, until the time she d seen and spied a good and private place at court, where they would have a safer port than at the moment was their lot No word on Lancelot s feelings about the matter, however Lancelot finally kills Meleagent, and that s the end All the interesting stuff happens in later versions


  5. Rebecka Rebecka says:

    This is not as boring a read as one may think compared to other medieval texts This book is,or less, where Lancelot enters literary history and becomes an important part of the Arthurian legend The focus in this story is all on Lancelot, Gauvain and Guinevere Arthur is just a king in the background Lancelot and Guinevere are both presented as honorable characters, even if they are, after all, adulterers If I understand things correctly, Guinevere is often portrayed less favorably el This is not as boring a read as one may think compared to other medieval texts This book is,or less, where Lancelot enters literary history and becomes an important part of the Arthurian legend The focus in this story is all on Lancelot, Gauvain and Guinevere Arthur is just a king in the background Lancelot and Guinevere are both presented as honorable characters, even if they are, after all, adulterers If I understand things correctly, Guinevere is often portrayed less favorably elsewhere, but this roman was commanded by Marie of Champagne, who perhaps wanted their story represented this way.There s really a lot of action in this story, some fair retribution featuring the cutting off of arms, crushing of teeth and an ultimate decapitation, to everyone s great delight, because these were the Middle Ages , some sex, attempts at seduction and general fighting What may also surprise the modern reader is the amount of female characters, who actually aren t merely decorative, and how unsqueamish they all are They do things, take risks and obviously think for themselves.This edition is pretty great it s a modern translation of a stage of French that non trained modern readers wouldn t understand, and since it s a high school edition, it also comes with notes and explanatory texts at the end 3,5 stars


  6. Finn Longman Finn Longman says:

    Oh, woe is me that none of these editions are properly set up on Goodreads but I don t have the authority to edit them Not that it HAS a cover per se I should know, I just went hunting around Google to try and find one, but it seems its plain green binding is original and not an idiosyncrasy of the library Definitely know this text well enough, though this is a new edition and translation to me the one I read before rhymed, and it was quite nice to read one that didn t because it felt Oh, woe is me that none of these editions are properly set up on Goodreads but I don t have the authority to edit them Not that it HAS a cover per se I should know, I just went hunting around Google to try and find one, but it seems its plain green binding is original and not an idiosyncrasy of the library Definitely know this text well enough, though this is a new edition and translation to me the one I read before rhymed, and it was quite nice to read one that didn t because it feltnatural realistic Plus now I m not thinking in rhyme the way I was last time Lancelot is still endlessly pathetic and everybody needs to get a grip and learn to fact check instead of believing every rumour they hear to the point of wanting to die because of bad news Also, how do rumours spread so fast Why does EVERYONE know about the cart incident Clearly medieval Twitter was hard at work or something Honestly, given some of the French lit I ve read I wouldn t be surprised if there was genuinely a medieval Twitter formed of talking birds and or birds that turn into people Lancelot is my child, but also I want to smack him because DUDE CHILL, AND THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND


  7. Andrew Andrew says:

    3.5 55 5 for the story, but 2 5 for the translation Absolutely loved the story, but trying to keep it so rigidly in the poetic form made for incredibly awkward couplets Definitely want to reread this in the prose version.


  8. Jim Jim says:

    Chr tien de Troyes may have been the first Medieval writer to introduce the character of Lancelot of the Lake in his Lancelot The Knight of the Cart Writing in the 12th century when the whole Matter of Britain Arthurian material was still fresh before the monks and the Victorians hijacked the subject Chretien s Lancelot and Gawain werelusty and less Christian than later writers were to present them His Guinevere has a mutually satisfactory affair with Lancelot, and he hardly bring Chr tien de Troyes may have been the first Medieval writer to introduce the character of Lancelot of the Lake in his Lancelot The Knight of the Cart Writing in the 12th century when the whole Matter of Britain Arthurian material was still fresh before the monks and the Victorians hijacked the subject Chretien s Lancelot and Gawain werelusty and less Christian than later writers were to present them His Guinevere has a mutually satisfactory affair with Lancelot, and he hardly brings Arthur into it Now Lancelot possesses all he wants, when the Queen voluntarily seeks his company and love, and when he holds her in his arms, and she holds him in hers Their sport is so agreeable and sweet, as they kiss and fondle each other, that in truth such a marvellous joy comes over them as was never heard or known But their joy will not be revealed by me, for in a story it has no place.The bit about The Knight of the Cart is interesting, as it was considered shameful for a knight to ride in a vehicle meant for condemned felons, which Lancelot does in the beginning to pursue Guinevere when she is kidnapped by Meleagant


  9. Emily Farmer Emily Farmer says:

    I unapologetically love Arthurian romance and it was great to read the origin story of Lancelot.


  10. Ian Ian says:

    This is the old, and obsolete, W.W Comfort prose translation from the early twentieth century he offered FOUR Arthurian romances by Chretien de Troyes, excluding the fifth, Perceval Since they are out of copyright, these translations are now being reprinted, complete or one at a time They are usually available very cheaply I suggest getting all four in one file, if you are interested, and can t afford the modern translations.