Tristan - Forward, Introduction and Prologue Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 40 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Tristan.
This section contains 1,633 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Tristan Study Guide

Forward, Introduction and Prologue Summary

In his forward, C. Stephen Jaeger describes the ways in which Gottfried's "Tristan and Isolde" defies modern, and even medieval, conceptions of chivalric ideals. Describing first the idea that the age of chivalry was an age of faith, Jaeger points to Gottfried's description of Isolde's ordeal. In that episode, Isolde is asked to carry a hot iron, so that if she is innocent of the crime of adultery against the king with Tristan, she will not be burned. Because she composes a vow to swear that is not technically false, but does not technically answer the question she was asked, Gottfried calls God "as pliant as a windblown sleeve". He also points to Gottfried's drawing a parallel to the Catholic Eucharist, or Holy Communion, in which the love of Tristan and Isolde is said to give life...

(read more from the Forward, Introduction and Prologue Summary)

This section contains 1,633 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Tristan Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Tristan from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook