Chretien de Troyes


Chretien de Troyes (l. c. 1130-1190 CE) was the greatest romantic poet of his era, regarded today as the Father of Arthurian Romance (along with Geoffrey of Monmouth) and also Father of the Novel owing to his narrative form. He was most likely born in Troyes, in the Champagne region of France, and was patronized by Marie de Champagne (l. 1145-1198 CE), daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine (l. c. 1122-1204 CE), well-known for patronizing the arts and encouraging the poetry of courtly love.

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  • c. 1130 - c. 1190
    Life of poet Chretien de Troyes.
  • c. 1159 - c. 1190
    Writing career of poet Chretien de Troyes.
  • c. 1170
    Publication of Chretien's Erec and Enide.
  • c. 1170 - c. 1178
    Publication of Chretien's Cliges.
  • c. 1177
    Publication of Chretien's Lancelot or the Knight of the Cart.
  • c. 1180
    Publication of Chretien's Yvain or the Knight with the Lion.
  • c. 1190
    Publication of Chretien's Perceval or the Story of the Grail.