El caballero del león

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Siruela, 1999 - 180 pages
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El Caballero del Leon es, sin duda, una de las obras mas perfectas de Chretien de Troyes. Su autor (ca. 1135-1190), quiza el mejor y mas representativo de los escritores de una epoca de auge y vitalidad creativa, nos adentra con un encanto extraordinario en la atmosfera magica y fascinante de las aventuras de los caballeros del rey Arturo.Su argumento -una historia de amor al gusto de la civilizacion cortes- reinterpreta, con gran habilidad narrativa, esquemas misticos provenientes de los relatos celticos difundidos oralmente y, a su vez, adaptados al ambiente y la moral caballeresca. Asi, el caballero Yvain, simbolo de la caballeria cristiana, ayudado por un leon, realizara, a traves de todas las pruebas iniciaticas que atraviesa, una intima alianza con la Dama de la Fuente, que le llevara a la Fuente mas sagrada y secreta, donde mananperennemente todos los poderes de la vida. Chretien de Troyes, creador indiscutible de la novela europea, es tambien, en cierto sentido, como dijo una vez Jean Frappier, desintegracion

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About the author (1999)

Author of early Arthurian romances, Chretien de Troyes was born in France around 1150. Little is known about this important medieval writer. Chretien's poems can not be dated, except to say that they were written sometime in the second half of the twelfth century. Some of his other work has been lost or their authorship is disputed. Chretien's most famous works, "Lancelot" and "Perceval," have all the ingredients of Celtic legend, and pay homage to the Holy Grail. Chretien also composed a famous version of Tristan and Isolde. During his life, Chretien enjoyed the patronage of Marie de Champagne, the daughter of Philip of Flanders and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Although it is not confirmed, it is believed that he died in Paris in 1190.

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