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The personal and professional life of Gottfried von Straßburg remains a mystery, but the same can be said in large part for every other major author of the German High Middle Ages. Those biographies that have been attempted are based on the evidence of his one major extant work, Tristan und Isold, and the occasional allusion to his person by later poets such as Ulrich von Türheim and Heinrich von Freiberg.
Tristan and Iseult
There are many medieval and post-medieval versions of the tragic love affair between Tristan (Tristram/Tristrem) and Iseult (Iseut/Isolde/Isolt/Isode); however, if the lovers' tragedy is a fixed element in their history, details of why and how it happened are not.
Tristan and Isolde
The legend of Tristan and Isolde is the tragic tale of two lovers fated to share a forbidden but undying love. Scholars of mythology believe that the legend originated in Brittany, in western France. In time it was associated with the Arthurian legends and became part of the mythology of medieval Europe, told and retold in various versions and many languages.
Gottfired von Strassburg in European Poets
Gottfried von Strassburg is known for a single poem, but that work is one of the most significant among surviving poetry of the Middle Ages. Tristan and Isolde has been called the greatest courtly love poem extant. Written in an intricate style filled with irony and allusion, the poem celebrates the virtues of human love and cautions against its perils.
Tristan and Isolde in Masterplots
Tristan and Isolde Rivalin, a lord of Parmenie, tired of baiting Duke Morgan, the wicked ruler, signs a year’s truce and sets off for Britain where King Mark of Cornwall is establishing peace and order.
The Literary Source of the Minnegrotte in Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan
This article traces the literary source of the minnegrotte (“Cave of Love”) in Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan to Heinrich von Veldeke’s Eneit. The floor plan and interior design of the minnegrotte correlate with Heinrich’s description of two tombs that commemorate the fallen warriors of Pallas, son of Evander, who fights on the side of Aeneas, and Camilla, the woman warrior who fights on the side of Turnus.
Tristan and Isolde, the Consummate Insiders: Relations of Love and Power in Gottfried von Straßburg's 'Tristan'
Despite general recognition of its complexity, Gottfried von Straßburg's early thirteenth-century verse romance Tristan has tended to be interpreted according to a fairly simple oppositional structure that opposes love, as personified by the protagonists Tristan and Isolde, to power, which is represented by the court society of King Marke.
Tristan und Isolde
Segment in the video Richard Strauss: Between Romanticism and Resignation.