|Tristan & Isolde and the Love Potion|
The basic legend expounds that Tristan is given the task of bringing Isolde back to his Uncle King Mark as a bride. Isolde is not thrilled with having to marry King Mark who is said to be much older than she is. She is given a love potion by her mother and the next person that she sees she falls in love with (she is supposed to take it just before she sees King Mark so that she will be in love with him and be happy). She takes the potion and ends up falling in love with Tristan instead. Isolde marries King Mark but begins an adulterous relationship with Tristan. King Mark finds out about the betrayals and wants them to be killed. In some turn of events (the legends differ as to how it happens possibly by poisoning or grief) Tristan ends up dying and Isolde typically dies by his side.
|The Death of Tristan|
There are many, many variations to this tale but the basic plot line usually remains the same. In the original tale the pair was not connected to King Arthur in any way but their stories did eventually become entangled in Arthurian legend with Tristan becoming one of Arthur’s noble knights. It is also a story that is often compared to Romeo and Juliet as the pair has a forbidden love and the two end up dying by the end of the story.
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