Tristan & Isolde are the inspiration for the second kit in my Great Love series. Their love story has been told in one form or another since the 12th century and has inspired many wonderful and tragic tales of love. Wagner's opera "Tristan & Isolde" was first performed in 1865 and is known for its influence on later Western composers.
The basic narrative (there are multiple versions):
Isolde, a princess of Ireland is betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. Tristan, the King's nephew goes to Ireland to accompany Isolde on the journey to meet to her future husband. On the ship to Cornwall, Tristan & Isolde accidently drink a love portion that was intended for isolde and Mark; they fall madly in love. Though in love with Tristan, Isolde marries King Mark and on her wedding night she substitutes her trusted friend and maid, Brangaene, in her marital bed to conceal her loss of maidenhood. Later, fearing Brangaene will reveal her secret, Isolde tries to have her friend killed. Mark is not a fool, he suspects Isolde and Tristan and they are charged with treason.
Here is a link that tells the various versions of the legend for those of you who would like to read more.
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