Medieval Tristan Modern English Translations

A Listmania! list by Jim Allan (Toronto, ON Canada)
The list author says: "This is a list covering books at least sometimes available through Amazon.com which contain modern English translations of medieval tales of Tristan. (It is a companion list to Medieval Arthurian Modern English Translations #1, Medieval Arthurian Modern English Translations #2, and Medieval Lancelot Modern English Translations.) Some texts not in print that are often available in used condition are included.

Books about Tristan by modern novelists and scholarly texts discussing Tristan and modern retellings are NOT included (save for Bédier's retelling which is a special case). Where the translation appears complete in more than one text, usually only one text appears here. Exceptions are made for editions which contain both the original text and a modern English translation.

Tristan tales are usually divided into four categories:
1.) The Welsh versions, in which King March is Arthur's cousin.
2.) The folk version, a vigorous account in which Tristan is connected to the Arthurian legends, Andred, his cousin, is his enemy, and Dinas, Mark's seneschal, is his friend.
3.) The courtly version, in which Tristan is said to live one or two generations after Arthur's day; King Mark is the proper King of Cornwall, but also King of England; and Tristan's enemy is Meriadeuc, Mark's seneschal.
4.) The prose cyclic version, a grossly Arthurianized version, more closely connected to the folk version, in which Lancelot becomes one of Tristan's best friends."
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (As Retold By Joseph Bedier)
1.  The Romance of Tristan and Iseult (As Retold By Joseph Bedier) by Joseph Bedier
The list author says:
  "Retold by Jospheh Bédier from medieval versions using his ideas of what the original was, with a few choices made on aesthetic grounds. A somewhat abridged form of the folk version with some admixture of the courtly version. Hillaire Belloc translated most of this into English. This edition also includes the missing parts translated by Paul Rosenfeld."
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Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain
2.  Trioedd Ynys Prydein: The Triads of the Island of Britain by Rachel Bromwich
The list author says:
  "Contains, among many other medieval Welsh traditions, some text and commentary about the Welsh Drystan ( = Tristan)."
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The Romance of Tristan and Isolt
3.  The Romance of Tristan and Isolt by Norman B. Spector
The list author says:
  "Excerpts from MS 103 (a late 'Prose Tristan' account mixed with material from an otherwise unknown text of the folk version). This edition excerpts standard incidents from the early portion of the story and most of the folk version of the end of the tale."
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Eilhart von Oberge's Tristrant
4.  Eilhart von Oberge's Tristrant by von Oberg Eilhart
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  "The most complete, extant account of the folk version, created by combining late manuscripts derived from Eilhart von Oberge's poem. This comes closest to the reconstructed supposed archetype of the folk version."
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Early French Tristan Poems Vol. 1 (Arthurian Archives)
5.  Early French Tristan Poems Vol. 1 (Arthurian Archives) by Norris J. Lacy
The list author says:
  "Early French texts:
1.) Béroul 'Tristan' fragment (folk version)
2.) 'Les Folies Tristan:'
     'La Folie Tristan (Berne)' (folk version)
     'La Folie Tristan (Oxford)' (courtly version)"
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Early French Tristan Poems Vol. 2 (Arthurian Archives)
6.  Early French Tristan Poems Vol. 2 (Arthurian Archives) by Norris J. Lacy
The list author says:
  "Early French texts:
1.) Thomas' 'Tristran' (fragments, courtly version)
2.) Carlisle Fragment of Thomas' 'Tristran' (courtly version)
3.) 'Chèvrefeuille' by Marie de France (folk version?)
4.) 'Tristan Rossignol' (folk version?)
5.) 'Tristan Menestrel' (folk version)"
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The Romance of Tristan: The Tale of Tristan's Madness (Penguin Classics)
7.  The Romance of Tristan: The Tale of Tristan's Madness (Penguin Classics) by Béroul
The list author says:
  "The fragments of the medieval author Beroul, based on the folk tradition, followed by the folk version of the 'Tale of Tristan's Madness'."
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Tristan: With the Surviving Fragments of the 'Tristran of Thomas' (Penguin Classics)
8.  Tristan: With the Surviving Fragments of the 'Tristran of Thomas' (Penguin Classics) by von Strassburg Gottfried
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  "The incomplete German Tristan adaptation of Gottfried von Strassburg completed by the fragments of the French poet Thomas. (courtly version)"
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Gottfried von Strassburg: Tristan (Landmarks of World Literature)
9.  Gottfried von Strassburg: Tristan (Landmarks of World Literature) by Mark Chinca
The list author says:
  "The incomplete German Tristan adaptation of Gottfried von Strassburg with a discussion of the texts written by other authors to complete it. (courtly version)"
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Norse Romance I: The Tristan Legend (Arthurian Archives)
10.  Norse Romance I: The Tristan Legend (Arthurian Archives) by Marianne E. Kalinke
The list author says:
  "Mostly Tristan material:
1.) 'Geitarlauf' (adapted from 'Chèvrefeuille').
2.) 'Janual' (adapted from 'Lanval').
3.) 'Tristrams saga ok Ísöndar' (adapted from Thomas' 'Tristran')
4.) 'Tristrams kvæði' (14th century ballad)
5.) 'Saga af Tristram ok Isodd' (14th century Icelandic version of the Norwegian 'Tristrams saga ok Ísöndar')"
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Sir Tristrem: A Metrical Romance of the Thirteenth Century
11.  Sir Tristrem: A Metrical Romance of the Thirteenth Century by Thomas Of Erceldoune
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  "A short Middle English verse narrative following the courtly tradition."
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The Romance of Tristan (Oxford World's Classics)
12.  The Romance of Tristan (Oxford World's Classics) by Renee L. Curtis
The list author says:
  "A selection of material from the 'Prose Tristan' with editorial linking passages, largely from Curtis' own edition of the first three volumes in French, plus the conclusion as found in most manuscripts."
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Italian Literature II: Tristano Riccardiano (Arthurian Archives)
13.  Italian Literature II: Tristano Riccardiano (Arthurian Archives) by F. Regina Psaki
The list author says:
  "The only remaining portion of the earliest known Arthurian romance in Italian, covering the 'Prose Tristan' from the birth of Tristan to his adventures seeking the lost King Arthur. Knightly adventure is emphasized far more than love."
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Italian Literature I: Tristano Panciatichiano (Arthurian Archives) (Vol 1)
14.  Italian Literature I: Tristano Panciatichiano (Arthurian Archives) (Vol 1) by Gloria Allaire
The list author says:
  "Single MS, edited and translated (mostly Tristan):
1.) 'Quest of the Holy Grail' (compressed, incomplete)
2.) 2 love letters (unique)
3.) 'Story of Tristan' (< 'Prose Tristan', birth to madness)
4.) 'The Lord of Dolorous Gard' (start missing, otherwise unknown)
5.) 'Death of Arthur' (incomplete)
6.) 'Tournament at Loverzep' (< 'Prose Tristan')
7.) 'Death of the Lovers' (< 'Prose Tristan')"
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Tristan and the Round Table: A Translation of LA Tavola Ritonda (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies)
15.  Tristan and the Round Table: A Translation of LA Tavola Ritonda (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies) by Tavola Ritonda. English
The list author says:
  "A very popular late Italian compilation romance, mostly of material from the 'Prose Tristan'."
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Le Morte Darthur (Norton Critical Editions)
16.  Le Morte Darthur (Norton Critical Editions) by Thomas Malory
The list author says:
  "Sir Thomas Malory's 'Le Morte d'Arthur' contains two-thirds of a compressed adaptation of the great 'Prose Tristan'."
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The Byelorussian Tristan (Garland Library of Medieval Literature)
17.  The Byelorussian Tristan (Garland Library of Medieval Literature) by Zora Kipel
The list author says:
  "A romance that begins with the Prose Tristan version but then branches off as Tristan and Iseult leave Cornwall and have adventures mostly not told elsewhere."
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