TRISTRAM AND ISEULT
THE Tristram legend, the last of the chief stories of the romances to be closely connected with the Arthur story proper, is, with its overpowering passionate love, and its wild, sea-washed Celtic lands, the most poetical of them all. Unlike the other principal legends, it comes to us in three literary forms; it is the subject of three lais, and of metrical and prose romances both.
The earliest extant Tristram narrative is from the pen of an Anglo-Norman, or Norman, Béroul, who wrote early in the second half of the twelfth century.1 Only fragments of his poem exist. The lost Tristan of Chrétien de Troies, written shortly before 1160, is thought to have followed the same version of the____________________