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This volume contains new prose translations of his five romances: Erec and Enide, which explores the dilemma of the knight who must strive to reconcile the demands of both his honour and his love; Cliges, wonderful in its irony and insight into the hearts of lovers; The Knight of the Cart, telling of the adulterous relationship between Lancelot and King Arthur's wife, Guinevere; The Knight with the Lion, a romance filled with fantastic adventures; and the ever haunting and mysterious The Story of the Grail.
Fantastic adventures abound in these courtly romances: Erec and Enide, Cligés, The Knight of the Cart, The Knight with the Lion, and The Story of the Grail.
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Chretien de Troyes wrote in French in the second half of the twelfth century. Very little is known about his life.