Troilus and Criseyde
Set against the epic backdrop of the battle of Troy, Troilus and Criseyde is an evocative story of love and loss. When Troilus, the son of Priam, falls in love with the beautiful Criseyde, he is able to win her heart with the help of his cunning uncle Pandarus, and the lovers experience a brief... show more
Set against the epic backdrop of the battle of Troy, Troilus and Criseyde is an evocative story of love and loss. When Troilus, the son of Priam, falls in love with the beautiful Criseyde, he is able to win her heart with the help of his cunning uncle Pandarus, and the lovers experience a brief period of bliss together. But the pair are soon forced apart by the inexorable tide of war and - despite their oath to remain faithful - Troilus is ultimately betrayed. Regarded by many as the greatest love poem of the Middle Ages, Troilus and Criseyde skilfully combines elements of comedy and tragedy to form an exquisite meditation on the fragility of romantic love, and the fallibility of humanity.
Publish date: April 30th 1971
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
bookshelves: autumn-2013, classic, historical-fiction, published-1385, poetry, epic-proportions, war, radio-4x, lit-richer, troy, love, medieval5c-16c, ancient-history Recommended for: Laura, Susanna Read from October 18 to 21, 2013 Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/...BBC BLURB:...
www.bbc.co.uk*******************Dramatisation of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde.One of the great works of English literature, this powerful, compelling story explores love from its first tentative beginnings through to passionate sensuality and eventual tragic disillusionment. Lavinia Greenlaw's new...
Read in college, although I'm not sure it was this edition. I liked it okay, mostly as a background for later literature. My professor for this, Roger Sale, spat a lot as he lectured on things he liked. I was careful to sit further back in the room, because he *really* seemed to like this one.
The story of Troilus and Criseyde (I will use that Chaucerian as opposed to the Shakespearian spelling here) dates back only a far as the middle ages, despite it being set during the Trojan War. The interesting thing is that while Troilus does appear in the Iliad, this particular story does not. I w...
Spoiler: You will hate Troilus--will truly, irrevocably HATE the man. But don't let that stop you from reading this! As always, Chaucer shows his genius with language and plot in this work while again satirizing courtly love. I suggest reading this in a class or with another person, as there are so ...