CHRÉTIEN DE TROYES 1183 (H2)
xxxxxThe outstanding French poet Chrétien de Troyes is best remembered for his five Arthurian romances -
xxxxxLittle is known of the life of the French poet Chrétien de Troyes, but his work spans a period of some thirty years (1155-
xxxxxChrétien clearly invented some of his material, but it is quite likely that, apart from other sources, he leaned heavily upon the Roman de Brut, the work of an Anglo-
xxxxxChrétien's work, written in verse and designed to be read out aloud to an aristocratic audience, added substantially to the content and popularity of King Arthur and the fanciful legends that surround him and his court. It is little wonder that Chrétien's influence can be seen way into the future, notably in the works of Chaucer, Spenser, Malory and Wagner. He may rightly be regarded as the greatest poet in the tradition of courtly love, chivalry and romance.