By Ross G. Arthur
This translation, first released in 1993, offers a little-known medieval romance to readers who don't know outdated French, or who're mostly unexpected with the literature of the center Ages.
Probably composed among 1190 and 1220, the key curiosity of Amadas and Ydoine to glossy readers is that its simple constitution is unflinchingly traditional, its plot is predictable but fascinating, and its social and ethical attitudes replicate the context during which it was once produced. The poet explores how love, chivalry and martial prowess can translate a would-be knight right into a robust lord. Its goal is essentially that of wish-fulfilment for younger males, and as such it's hugely indicative of the ethos surrounding marriage that prevailed in medieval French society.
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Amadas and Ydoine (Routledge Revivals) by Ross G. Arthur