What is a synopsis of "Tristan and Isolde"?

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Tristan and Isolde is a story of forbidden love, similar to King Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere.  

When Tristan is asked to escort Isolde, the Irish King's daughter and the bride-to-be of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, the story says that they accidentally drank a love potion and fall in love with each other.  Unfortunately, Isolde is sealed to King Mark and must marry him, thereby setting up a love triangle, where Tristan and Isolde sneak around trying to keep their love alive and secret from King Mark and the people of Cornwall.

King Mark eventually verifies his suspicion, and discovers the love between his wife and Tristan, who is eventually banished from Cornwall.  Tristan is again united with Isolde the Fair when he is mortally wounded, when she sees her love dead, she too dies.  

For more details about the story, look at the links below. 

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