Chrétien de Troyes is arguably the creator of Arthurian romance, and it is on his work that later writers have based their interpretations. This book offers both crucial information on, and a comprehensive coverage of, all aspects of the work of Chrétien de Troyes - the literary and historical background, patronage, his influence on other writers, manuscripts and editions of his work and, at the heart of the volume, major essays on the themes, techniques and artistic achievements in each of his compositions; the contributions, all from leading experts in Chrétien and related studies, have been commissioned especially for this volume and are designed to remain accessible to students while also addressing specialists in Arthurian studies and Chrétien de Troyes. They reflect the most current critical and scholarly views on one of the greatest of medieval authors.
CONTRIBUTORS: JOHN W. BALDWIN, JUNE HALL MCCASH, LAURENCE HARF-LANCNER, NORRIS J. LACY, DOUGLAS KELLY, KEITH BUSBY, PETER F. DEMBOWSKI, ROBERTA L. KRUEGER, DONALD MADDOX, SARA STURM-MADDOX, JOAN TASKER GRIMBERT, MATILDA TOMARYN BRUCKNER, TONY HUNT, RUPERT T. PICKENS, ANNIE COMBES, MICHELLE SZKILNIK, EMMANUELE BAUMGARTNER
For specialists and non-specialists alike this must be the ultimate Chretien vademecum. PENDRAGON
The works of Chretien de Troyes have generated a dauntingly large body of scholarship. For anyone unsure of where to begin. A Companion to Chretien de Troyes offers an ideal starting point. [It] captures beautifully the richness and variety of Chretien research. Reading through A Companion to Chretien de Troyes is like taking a dream course on Chretien. The contributors' expertise ensures an abundance of thought-provoking material, leading to a collection that deserves a place in every academic library. THE FRENCH REVIEW
Students will find this volume comprehensive and informative. FRENCH STUDIES