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The Romance of Tristan

The Romance of Tristan

by Béroul

The Romance of Tristan Resources

Websites

Timeless Myths

This website gives background on the early versions of the Tristan story. It also includes a nifty chart showing the genealogy of Tristan's family, the House of Cornwall.

Camelot Project

Want to read all about the origins of the Tristan story, including its retellings up until the present day? Take a look at the Camelot Project, which also has a bunch of artistic renderings of the legend and a bibliography if you just can't get enough of this stuff.

Movie or TV Productions

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

This film version stars James Franco as Tristan and Sophia Myles as Isolde (Yseut). Proof that the legend is still hot.

Tristan und Isolde (1974)

A filmed production of the Wagner opera. This story was totally meant to be an opera.

Il Cuore e la spada (The Heart and the Sword) (1998)

An Italian made-for-TV movie based on the legend as edited by Joseph Bédier. How could a love story this juicy not become a made-for-TV movie?

Historical Documents

Gottfried von Strassburg: Tristan

Part of the alternative "courtly" Tristan tradition, Gottfried von Strassburg's version of the legend was written around the same time as Béroul's. The Wagner opera was based on this famous retelling, so it's worth taking a look to see how this baby compares to Béroul's.

Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur

Malory's Morte d'Arthur contains one of the most famous retellings of the Tristan story, in which Tristan is actually a knight of the Round Table and a great favorite of Arthur and his other knights. See Book 8 for the Tristan story. You know you want to. (Need some help with it? We've got you covered.)

Video

Tristan + Isolde (2006) Trailer

Preview of the 2006 movie starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.

Liebestod

Here's a video of an aria sung by the character of Isolde in the Wagner opera.

Images

Tristan and Isolde (Yseut) in Art

See this list for links to the mother lode of images of Tristan and Yseut in art, most of them from the late 19th to early 20th century.

More Tristan and Isolde (Yseut) in Art

Another list of Tristan and Yseut in art, this time with thumbnails of the images included for easy skimming.

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