Arthur in the Tristan Tradition

  • The bringing together of the two realms, that of Tristan and Isolde and that of Arthur, thus has a mutually corrosive effect. However, in the further course of the action Tristan and Isolde’s love regains some of its absoluteness: for instance Heinrich refrains from taking over the quarrel of lovers from Eilhart. He plays a double game, on the one hand reducing the absoluteness and self-sufficiency of love, on the other hand building it up again and thus preventing the establishment of a firm doctrine in the course of the narrative (…), as neither the Arthurian court nor the love of Tristan and Isolde provides an absolute norm. Heinrich wrote his romance for the Bohemian noble Raimund von Lichtenburg, and the account of the foundation of the Round Table and the self-directed activities of the knights have belonged (…). The initial Arthurian ideal has become a confirmatory ritual for an exclusive body of noblemen – that matches the spirit of the knightly societies.

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Author:Volker Mertens
Parent Title (English):The Arthur of the Germans : The Arthurian Legend in Medieval German and Dutch Literature ; 3
Publisher:Univ. of Wales Press
Place of publication:Cardiff
Editor:S.A. Ranawake, W.H. Jackson
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2012/10/26
Year of first Publication:2000
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Contributing Corporation:Arthurian literature in the Middle Ages
Release Date:2012/10/26
GND Keyword:Artusepik; Gottfried <von Straßburg> / Tristan und Isolde; Eilhart <von Oberg> / Tristrant
Page Number:7
First Page:135
Last Page:141
Dewey Decimal Classification:8 Literatur / 83 Deutsche und verwandte Literaturen / 830 Literaturen germanischer Sprachen; Deutsche Literatur
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Germanistik / GindokWeimar
BDSL-Klassifikation:06.00.00 Mittelalter / BDSL-Klassifikation: 06.00.00 Mittelalter > 06.08.00 Stoffe. Motive. Themen
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht