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Chretien de Troyes Research Starter
Chrétien de Troyes is one of the great names in early French literature and is known as the principal articulator of many significant medieval Arthurian legends.
Chretien de Troyes in Reference Guide to World Literature
Almost nothing is known of his life; because of dedications of his works, it is commonly assumed that he knew or served Countess Marie de Champagne at her court in Troyes and Philip of Alsace, Count of Flanders; works were probably written in the 1170s and 1180s.
Lancelot Poem by Chretien de Troyes
Lancelot, also known as The Knight of the Cart, is Chrétien de Troyes' third Arthurian romance. Its inspiration can be found in the Celtic abduction tale, in which a maid or maiden is captured, a knight sets out to rescue her and must undergo many trials, and they are brought together through his prowess. In this case, the maid is Guinevere, wife of King Arthur, and the brave knight is Lancelot, champion of the Round Table.