By Ross G. Arthur
This translation, first released in 1993, offers a little-known medieval romance to readers who don't know previous French, or who're usually surprising with the literature of the center Ages.
Probably composed among 1190 and 1220, the key curiosity of Amadas and Ydoine to sleek readers is that its simple constitution is unflinchingly traditional, its plot is predictable but captivating, and its social and ethical attitudes replicate the context during which it used to be produced. The poet explores how love, chivalry and martial prowess can translate a would-be knight right into a strong lord. Its function is essentially that of wish-fulfilment for younger males, and as such it truly is hugely indicative of the ethos surrounding marriage that prevailed in medieval French society.
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