Book bloggers have all the fun, so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m very excited to be signing up for the massive Classics Retold event hosted by Books Take You Places under the Ancient to Renaissance Lit Classics category. I’m reading Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedelier because it’s a shamelessly romantic story about doomed lovers. It will be the first time I read this book.
Tristan and Iseult originated in the 12th century and pre-dates the Arthurian legends it has been famously believed to have influenced. The story tells the tale of how the Cornish knight, Tristan (also known as Tristram) was responsbile for delivering the Irish princess Iseult (also known as Isolde) to be the bride of his uncle, King Mark. However, a magic potion the young knight and princess drink causes them to fall madly in love with each other. The young lovers decide to do the honourable thing and turn their back of love. Iseult marries King Mark and then it’s unhappy times for everyone.
For this event I plan to read the Bedélier book and maybe also:
~ Read a historical romance (let’s turn-up the romance)
~ Watch Tristan and Isolde (2006) with James Franco and Sophia Myles (I find James Franco strangely fascinating)
~ Listen or watch Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde (maybe not the whole thing)
What classic will you be reading?