So besotted is he with his lady love that his neglect of his duties as knight leads to accusations of cowardice. The challenges he seeks out as test of his bravery form the bulk of the narrative part two and drive the engine of the narrative. Enide Enide at the time of the story holds that spot that would one day be taken over by Buttercup in The Princess Bride: the fairest damsel in the known world. King Arthur King Arthur is a supporting player here as the intent was to expand upon the mythology of the Round Table and move the legend away from its Celtic origination and closer to the modern world of England. Guivret the Little The knight throwing down the challenge to Erec to engage in combat.
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Synopsis[ edit ] The White Stag hunt in a medieval manuscript Approximately the first quarter of Erec and Enide recounts the tale of Erec , son of Lac, and his marriage to Enide , an impoverished daughter of a vavasor from Lalut.
An unarmored Erec is keeping Guinevere and her maiden company while other knights participate in a stag hunt near Cardigan when a strange knight, a maiden, and his dwarf approach the queen and treat her servant roughly. He borrows a set of armor from the vavasor and goes with Enide to claim a sparrow-hawk that belongs to the most beautiful maiden in the town.
Erec and Enide are married, and Erec wins a tournament before getting permission to leave with his wife. The central half of the poem begins some time later when rumors spread that Erec has come to neglect his knightly duties due to his overwhelming love for Enide and his desire to be with her. He overhears Enide crying over this and orders her to prepare for a journey to parts unknown.
He commands her to be silent unless he speaks to her first, but she disobeys him to warn him when they are pursued by two different groups of knights. Both times, Erec scolds Enide before defeating the knights.
She warns Erec the next morning and they escape, but the count and a hundred knights give chase, and Enide breaks her silence again to warn Erec. Erec defeats a seneschal and a count before he and Enide flee into the forest, where he defeats and befriends Guivret the Short, an Irish lord with family connections to Pembroke and Scotland.
He rescues Cadof of Cabruel from two giants, but the fighting reopens his injuries and Erec falls down as though dead. This causes a great deal of celebration, and Enide learns that the maiden is her cousin. Erec and Enide then travel to Nantes , where they are crowned King and Queen in a lavishly described ceremony.
Tests play an important part in character development and marital fidelity. In the 12th century, conventional love stories tended to have an unmarried heroine, or else one married to a man other than the hero.
This was a sort of unapproachable, chaste courtly love. Erec and Enide marry before even a quarter of the story is over, and their marriage and its consequences are actually the catalysts for the adventures that comprise the rest of the poem. Enide is notable for being very beautiful, as Erec asks to bring her along so that she can retrieve the sparrow-hawk towards the start of the story.
Erec et Enide features many of the common elements of Arthurian romance, such as Arthurian characters, the knightly quest, and women or love as a catalyst to action. The poem comprises 6, octosyllables in rhymed couplets. A prose version was made in the 15th century. The first modern edition dates from by Immanuel Bekker, followed by an edition in by Wendelin Foerster.
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Erec e Enide