Chretien de Troyes: Yvain

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  • Paola Scarpini (University of York)

The Knight of the Lion or Yvain (in French: Le Chevalier au Lion – Yvain) is one of the romances (with Philomena, Erec and Enide, Cligès, The Knight of the Cart and The Story of the Grail)written by Chrétien de Troyes, retelling the deeds of an Arthurian knight, Yvain, and his faithful and self-sacrificing lion. Its form is that of a poem in octosyllabic verse, with flat rhyme, running at a total of 6818 lines. Scholars agree that The Knight of the Lion and The Knight of the Cart were written in parallel, as a diptych, between 1176 and 1181, but that only the former was finalized by Chrétien himself (The Knight of the Cart being completed by Geoffroy de Lagny). From Wendelin Förster …

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Scarpini, Paola. "Yvain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2015
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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  1. Arthurian Literature