Creator: Chrétien de Troyes

Chrétien de Troyes was a French poet in the late 12th century, most well known for his Arthurian romances. He introduced the affair between Queen Guinevere and Lancelot, the quest for the Holy Grail, and the Fisher King into the Arthur mythos, and greatly influenced later writers. His epic poems about Knights of the Table Round were seminal works of the Chivalric Romance genre, and emulated countless times by later poets.

His final work, Perceval, the Story of the Grail, was never finished due to Author Existence Failure, although several other poets attempted to finish it.

The Arthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes are:

  • Erec and Enide
  • Cligès
  • Yvain, the Knight of the Lion
  • Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart
  • Perceval, the Story of the Grail

Tropes in Chrétien's romances:

  • Love Triangle: Between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot.
  • The Quest: Especially in Perceval, which features the Quest for the Holy Grail.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Guinevere's extramarital love affair with Lancelot.


Alternative Title(s):

Chretien De Troyes