Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Tristan (TREES-tahn), the courtly son of Rivalin and Blanchefleur. Orphaned at birth, he is reared by Rual the Faithful until he joins King Mark’s court after his escape from Norwegian kidnappers. He serves his lord well by killing Duke Morolt and winning the hand of Isolde the Fair for Mark. Tristan and Isolde drink a love potion by accident and fall helplessly in love. The two lovers deceive Mark until Tristan is forced to flee. Later, he marries Isolde of the White Hands, but it is a marriage in name only.
Isolde the Fair
Isolde the Fair (ee-ZOHL-deh), the wife of King Mark and lover of Tristan.
Mark, the vacillating king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristan, and cuckolded husband of Isolde the Fair.
Rivalin (ree-VAH-lihn), a lord of Parmenie. On his travels, he marries Blanchefleur and fathers Tristan before his death in battle against Duke Morgan.
Blanchefleur (blahnsh-FLOOR), the sister of King Mark and wife of Rivalin. Shortly after learning of Rivalin’s death, she dies giving birth to Tristan.
Brangene (BRAHN-gay-neh), the companion of Isolde and her substitute in Mark’s wedding bed.
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