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What is the book Erec and Enide about? Can it explain the difference between love and lust?

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Erec and Enide is a 12th Century Arthurian romance by Chretien de Troyes, originally written in Old French. It consists of more than 6000 lines of text.

The story centers on Erec (a knight of the Round Table and the son of King Lac) and his love for Enide, a vavasor's (country squire's) daughter. Although Enide is the daughter of a poor man, she is so beautiful, cultured, and dignified that she manages to win the knight's heart.

In the story, Erec engages in a battle to the death with Yder, an arrogant knight, to win both Enide's hand in marriage and an unusual, yearly contest in Enide's town. This contests pits numerous knights against each other: the winner is the one who can defend his lady's honor, beauty, and goodness against all other knights. After Erec's victory against Yder, he brings his intended bride to King Arthur's court. In a ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Erec marries his beloved Enide.

A month after their marriage, Erec shows himself the most...

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