By Ross G. Arthur

This translation, first released in 1993, provides a little-known medieval romance to readers who have no idea previous French, or who're in most cases unexpected with the literature of the center Ages.

Probably composed among 1190 and 1220, the foremost curiosity of Amadas and Ydoine to smooth readers is that its easy constitution is unflinchingly traditional, its plot is predictable but captivating, and its social and ethical attitudes mirror the context during which it used to be produced. The poet explores how love, chivalry and martial prowess can translate a would-be knight right into a strong lord. Its goal is essentially that of wish-fulfilment for younger males, and as such it's hugely indicative of the ethos surrounding marriage that prevailed in medieval French society.

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