An unarmored Erec is keeping Guinevere company while other knights participate in a stag hunt near Cardigan when a strange knight and his dwarf approach the queen and treat her servant roughly. The central half of the poem begins some time later when rumors spread that Erec has come to neglect his knightly duties due to his overwhelming love for Enide and desire to be with her.
Tests play an important part in character development and marital fidelity. It is agreed she is the most beautiful maiden during the episode of the white stag. This variation is most blatantly obvious in regards to gender.
This brings me back to the game of thrones clip we saw in class. Erec defeats a string of knights and captures a string of horses, overcomes two counts who in turn attempt to kill him and have Enide, and, after defeating him in a joust, makes a friend of Guivret the Small, an Irish lord with family connections to Pembroke and Scotland.
I hope we can talk about this in class. Enide is valued for her physical appearance, her presence. When Erec first sets off, it is Easter, at Pentecost he marries Enide, and his coronation occurs at Christmas.
Her role for the first portion of the tale is that of a silent beauty.
Erec and Enide marry before even a quarter of the story is over, and their marriage and its consequences are actually the catalysts for the adventures that comprise the rest of the poem. Erec tests her, to gauge her devotion to him. Erec is repeatedly described physically: In the 12th century, conventional love stories tended to have an unmarried heroine, or else one married to a man other than the hero.
Synopsis[ edit ] The White Stag hunt in a medieval manuscript Approximately the first quarter of Erec and Enide recounts the tale of Erec son of Lac, and his marriage to Enidean impoverished daughter of a Vavasor from Lalut.
Erec defeats Yder, in a contest to win a falcon for the most beautiful lady in the town.
The poem comprises 6, octosyllables in rhymed couplets. Maybe we could draw parallels between his actions and trial by ordeal. Worth is proportionately related to prowess with a sword, and the power of speech and eloquence. A prose version was made in the 15th century.
The first modern edition dates from by Immanuel Bekker, followed by an edition in by Wendelin Foerster. This was a sort of unapproachable, chaste courtly love.
Erec et Enide features many of the common elements of Arthurian romance, such as Arthurian characters, the knightly quest, and women or love as a catalyst to action.
Violence is allowed to determine who is right and who is wrong, who is honorable, who is best. However, though Erec experienced trials, he came out the victor in the end.
He overhears Enide crying over this and orders her to prepare for a journey to parts unknown.
There is an amazing turnaround in these battles: It is a very twisted way to determine her faith in him and he chastises her, holds the threat of violence over her, even though she is proving her love for him. Violence is very interesting in this text.
In this way, it seems that violence is not personal, or something like that, as individuals reconcile extremely quickly once the violence has passed, or been determined.
When violence is undertaken, often it determines the fate of the individual. The count covets her, she rends her clothing, hair, and face, yet another count slaps her repeatedly in the face, and she faints multiple times.
Lives rise and fall over the course of minutes, hours, depending on the outcome of the fight. The last quarter of the poem adds another episode, referred to as the "Joy of the Court," in which Erec and Enide set free prisoners and meet relations, before in time they are crowned King and Queen of Nantes in a lavishly described ceremony.
There is so much to dissect in this tale.
He commands her to be silent throughout, but she disobeys several times to warn him of danger. October 16, at 1:Oct 14, · 9 thoughts on “Chrétien de Troyes– Erec and Enide” and individualization to practice.
De Troyes follows a sort of chivalric code in his writings, and this story in particular emphasizes the everyday importance of battles, such as on pages 46, 63, and where Knights fight Knights and deal with their own issues. Plus.
Erec and Enide marks the birth of the Arthurian romance as a literary genre. Written circathis version of the Griselda legend tells the story of the marriage of Erec, a handsome and courageous Welsh prince and knight of the Round Table, and Enide, an impoverished noblewoman.
Chretien de Troyes invented the Arthurian romance with Erec and Enide. It was the first of what would soon come to be a genre unto itself. Tales of King Arthur and his knights are still popular after centuries of retelling, and Chretien de Troyes is responsible for many of the stories as we know them/5(4).
1 Introduction: Chrétien’s Chivalry and Courtly Love Although there are many authors to consider in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Chrétien de Troyes stands out as a forerunner in early romances.
Erec and Enide, the first of five surviving Arthurian romantic poems by twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, narrates a vivid chapter from the legend of King mi-centre.cométien's romances became the source for Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England and on the Continent.4/5(2).
Chr”tien de Troyes Erec and Enide translated by W. W. Comfort In parentheses Publications Old French Series Cambridge, OntarioDownload