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Trystan and Essylt (alternatively spelt Tristan and Isolde), two figures from medieval literature but associated with King Arthur and Arthurian legend, are known for their illicit romance. This early tale of romantic love has much older origins - deep in pre-literary times when western humanity heard and preserved its history through a rich oral tradition. In this ancient poetic tradition Trystan was renowned as a chief warrior and apprentice bard. the romance between Tristan and the Irish princess inteneded to be his uncle's bride, contains the heights and depths of emotional experiences as they become outcasts in their time.
But does this tale of love have something living and still relevant for our times?
C.a. Meyer has created a retelling of this ancient tale, retaining many of the traditional elements from medieval sources, and piecing them together with surviving fragments of earlier poetic material. She brings the story to new life for modern readers.
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