The story shares many elements with Yvain and has the same fundamental structure. The hero, Owain, engages in a preliminary adventure that ends in his winning the hand of his beloved in marriage, then through some fault of his own, he falls from grace and eventually reconciles with his wife.
Yvain is the cousin of Gawain and the son of Morgan le Fay...
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Yvain agrees to fight for a woman whose older sister has stolen her inheritance. The case goes before King Arthur, who decrees that the two women’s champions will meet in combat to decide the issue. The defending knight is Gawain, but neither man recognizes the other’s armor.
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Ywain sets out, kills the knight and marries the knight's widow Alundyne with the aid of her serving-lady Lunet (or Lunette), moving into the castle of Alundyne's late husband. However, when Arthur and his men visit them, Gawain encourages Ywain to go off adventuring, leaving his wife behind.
As Yvain the Great (or Yvain the Tall), he appears in all the 13th-century prose accounts of the Vulgate Cycle and the Post-Vulgate Cycle, and consequently in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur. Yvain's mother is often said to be King Arthur's half-sister, making him Arthur's nephew.
Jun 13, 2019 · Yvain, as Chrétien's other major works, is written in rhyming eight-syllable couplets, and in certain ways is held to anticipate the novel in its complex structure and development. Rather than...
Jun 13, 2019 · As a medieval romance, Yvain follows the traditional script on courtly love. The man consummates his love with a beautiful and morally superior feminine character. He then falls to disgrace and...