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ENGB31- Lecture 7: January 28, 13 Book V: The Book of Sir Tristram of Lyoness  Interlace, episodic, inset tales  Infinite regress of knights o Launcelot/ Tristram/ Palom ides/ Lemerok  Compare to Bedier’s version. What are the effects of any changes? What does Malory seem most interested in? o In this version, it seems that they are in love even before the potion comes into their bodies; their love is because of fundamentally being human o Their love is consummated in this version o Think about what the different presentation of Mark does  He only marries Iseult because he wants to tear apart the love between Tristram and her o Who supports Tristram and Iseult in this version?  They end up in Launcelot’s castle  The Potion: “If formerly their love for each other had been strong, now it was unassailable”  Mark o In this version, he is seen as a dragon who needs to be killed o He is who has lain Cornwall to the bad position they are in o He is seen as the abnormal o This makes the romance seem more realistic and less fantastical o The evil in this book is very much human and knightly  Love and chivalric bonds  “You will bring shame upon me…is his due?” (pg 366) o Tristram is invited to a feast in Camelot > interesting because the whole plot of the story is for Tristram to join the ritual celebrations of Arthurian court o However, Tristram gets a bit bad at this moment and considers not going to Camelot o This is a significant statement of how she sees their relationship because her reputation is at stake if he does not go to the feast o She is highlighting how their love can function within this communal ritual and society  The book is al ot more interested in bromance then romance  Thematic Focus is on fellowship and allegiance > this is important for the structural aspect of this book; it is the high point of fellowship  Structural Significance (within Morte): parallels to Launcelot-Gwynevere  Sir Dynadan o He is interesting from a genre perspective o He has scaling things to say about courtly love and passion o What do we do with Sir Dynadans responses? What do
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