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Cliges
Author: Chretien

ISBN: 9780300070217
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 6 July 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.4
Description:
In this extraordinarily fine translation of Cligs, the second of five surviving Arthurian poems by twelfth-century French poet Chrtien de Troyes, Burton Raffel captures the liveliness, innovative spirit, and subtle intentions of the original work. In this poem, Chrtien creates his most artful plot and paints the most starkly medieval portraits of any of his romances. The world he describes has few of the safeguards and protections of civilization: battles are brutal and merciless, love is anguished and desperate. Cligs tells the story of the unhappy Fenice, trapped in a marriage of constraint to the emperor of Constantinople. Fenice feigns death, then awakens to a new, happy life with her lover. Enormously popular in their own time, each of Chrtien's great verse romances is a fast-paced psychologically oriented narrative. In a rational and realistic manner, Chrtien probes the inner workings of his characters and the world they live in, evoking the people, their customs, and their values in clear, emotionally charged verse. Cligs is filled with Chrtien's barbs and bawdiness, his humor and his pleasure, his affection and his contempt. It is the unmistakable work of a brilliantly individualistic po...

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