The Arthurian Legend in the Literatures of the Spanish Peninsula

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VI
THE ARTHURIAN NOVELS IN CASTILE AND PORTUGAL: "TRISTAN"1

WE may thus, after a long preamble, approach the individual romances of the Castilian-Portuguese group. The novels extant in either of these literatures, which may proceed from a greater number of dialects, are found to fall within a restricted number of types, and exist either in interrelated versions on both sides of the border, or where one element is lacking, are still insufficiently explained without the evidence of both literatures. On the one hand, the intricate mazes of the trilogy of the Holy Grail cover both cultures;

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TEXTS. MANUSCRIPTS: Tristan, fragt., 1 folio, fourteenth century, Bibl. Nac., Madrid; Cuento de Tristan, fragt., fourteenth or fifteenth century, Vatican, No. 6428.

EARLY EDITIONS: Libro del esforzado cavallero Don Tristan de Leonis, Valladolid Juan de Burgos, 1501; Seville Juan Varela, 1520 ( F. Columbus , Registrum, No. 4008); Seville Juan Cromberger, 1528; Seville Juan Cromberger, 1533 (perhaps a misprint for 1528); Coronica nuevamente emendada y añadida del buen cauallero Don Tristan de Leonis y del rey Don Tristan de Leonis el joven, su hijo, Seville Dominico de Robertis , 1534.

REPRINTS: Bonilla, Anales de la Literatura Española, 1904 (Fragt. Bibl. Nac., also in Bonilla, Tristan ( 1501)); Monaci, Facsimili di antichi manoscritti, Rome, Martelli, No. 6, and Tristan de Leonis, ed. Bonilla, 1921 (Fragt. Vatican); Tristan de Leonis, ed. Bonilla, Madrid, 1912 (ed. of 1501); Libros de Caballerias, i. pp. 339-457, ed. Bonilla, Madrid, 1907 (ed. of 1528).

CRITICISM: Bonilla y San Martin, Tristan de Leonis, Madrid, 1912, Intro.; id., Anales de la Literatura Española, 1904; id., Leyendas de Wagner, Madrid, 1913; G. T. Northup, "The Italian Origin of the Spanish Prose Tristram Versions", in Romanic Review, iii., 1912, pp. 194-222; and in Modern Philology, xi., 1913, pp. 259-265; id., in Modern Language Notes, xxviii. 1913, pp. 30-31; C. M. de Vasconcellos, "Lais de Bretanha", in Revista Lusitana, vi., 1900, or in Cancioneiro da Ajuda, ii.

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