Frederick Whitehead (essay date 1959)
SOURCE: Whitehead, Frederick. “The Early Tristan Poems.” In Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History, edited by Roger Sherman Loomis, pp. 134-44. London: Oxford University Press, 1959.
[In the following excerpt, Whitehead contrasts versions of the Tristan legend by Eilhart and Béroul, claiming that Eilhart's German poem suffers in comparison because of its narrative abridgement and occasional psychological implausibility.]
Nineteenth-century scholars agreed in regarding the [Tristan] poems of Eilhart and Béroul as essentially a single version (version commune or version des...
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