The Romance of Tristram of Lyones and la beale Isoude (1913)

Illustrated by Evelyn Paul





On the left, we show a copy of The Romance of Tristram of Lyones

and La Beale Isoude produced by George G Harrap & Company

Limited (London) in 1913 - an edition that was printed at the

Camperfield Press in the English town of Saint Albans.


This copy shows the original decorative Evelyn Paul design to the

cover inspired by illuminated Celtic manuscripts from the early

Medieval period, such as The Book of Kells. Paul draws from

Celtic illuminations for inspiration through the tale and in doing

so, provides a visual feast.







To the right, we show Evelyn Paul's illumination - in the early medieval Celtic style - for the title

page of The Romance of Tristramof Lyones and

La beale Isoude.


On the left, we show Evelyn Paul's illumination of

the introduction to the tale.


The introduction reads as follows:

Here beginneth the Romance of

Sir Tristram de Lyones and La beale Isoude

Lordys that be in mirth and play

Merry and blithe as summer's day

Leave and listen while I sing

'Tis nought of elf or færy

Nor eke of bird upon the spray

But most of magic love lonying.


On the left, we show one of Paul's highly ornamented monotone illustrations to the

tale - this example introduces the element related to the Quest for the Holy Grail.


The text reads as follows:


They prayed to Christ with much fervour

Their inward foes to Quell:

Sans fear they rode in high ardour

Good issue to compel.

Glory to Holy Trinity

That be of most avail!

Honour to Heaven's sweet Ladye

That prays for us, Salin Fayle

To Joseph, Hight Arimathie,

And to the Holy Greal!


Above, we show two of the numerous marginal illustrations designed by

Paul to accompany this tale


The Romance of Tristram of Lyones and La beale Isoude - as illustrated by Evelyn Paul - draws on the Celtic

French tradition for this tale of tragically mismatched love. The earliest example of the tale may be found

in the 12th Century work of the French poets Thomas of Britain and Béroul. Later version of the tale were

largely based on the 13th Century work, Prose Tristram. Elements of both influences are reflect in the work

illustrated by Paul, including the portions of the tale establishing Tristram as one of King Arthur's knights

that are questing for the Holy Grail - an element drawn from Prose Tristram.



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In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from Evelyn Paul.



The colour illustrations


Sir Murrogh and Sir Tristram

Sir Tramtrist and Sir Palomides

La beale Isoude and Sir Tristram

Sir Tristram and La beale Isoude

in the woodland

Sir Tristram kneeled before La beale Isoude Sir Tristram and the harp

La beale Isoude, Dame Brangwene

and Sir Tristram

Sir Tristram smitten down by a

fiery beam

Sir Tristram followed no path La beale Isoude weeping and mourning

Sir Tristram lies mortally wounded

by King Mark

Sir Tristram and La beale Isoude lie dead