Chretien de Troyes, Cligès

Levilson C. Reis (Independent Scholar - North America)
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in Old French,


in modern French) is a medieval romance composed in Old French totaling 6,700 lines arranged in octosyllabic rhyming couplets. It is signed by Chrétien de Troyes, a “shadowy figure”, as Sarah Kay puts it (25), about whom all we know is that he was an author of several works as stated in the romance’s prologue. As Chrétien’s second attempt to tell the story of another knight’s adventures at Arthur’s court, scholars generally agree that


falls below the horizon of expectation of the prototypical Arthurian romance due to its partly Byzantine, partly Arthurian setting and bipartite genealogical structure. The first part (44–2369; lines refer to Raffel’s rhymed translation) tells the story of the Greek imperial family,…

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Citation: Reis, Levilson C.. "Cligès". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 September 2023 [, accessed 26 February 2024.]

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