Chretien de Troyes (3533 words)

Francoise Le Saux (University of Reading)
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Chrétien de Troyes, active from the late 1160s, is generally considered one of the most influential writers in French literary history and a forefather of the novel. The surviving work by Chrétien de Troyes comprises five Arthurian romances: Erec et Enide (Erec and Enide), Cligès, Lancelot (also Chevalier de la Charrette, Knight of the Cart), Yvain (also Chevalier au lion, Knight of the Lion ) and Perceval (also Conte du Graal, The Grail romance). Two of these are unfinished: the Lancelot - apparently handed over by Chrétien to a continuator - and the Perceval, thought to have been interrupted b…

Citation: Le Saux, Francoise. "Chretien de Troyes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 November 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5472, accessed 19 October 2021.]

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