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The Story of Tristan

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195166910
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863938 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0002
The Story of Tristan

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the Tristan legend, which predates the age of chivalry, probably by many centuries. The legend is generally thought to be of Celtic origin, entering medieval literature from the Breton lais. It examines several themes that should be borne in mind in considering Gottfried's version of the legend of Tristan. It describes how Wagner uses the story of Tristan and Isolde as a foil for his idiosyncratic conception of love.

Keywords: Wagner; Tristan legend; Gottfried; courtly love; opera

Chapter.  7343 words. 

Subjects: Opera

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