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Maurice Lalau (1881 - 1961) was a French illustrator and painter. He had also used the pseudonym of Maurice Manoi.
The Romance of Tristram and Iseult was published by William Heinemann out of London, and by J. B. Lippincott out of Philadelphia, in 1910.
Frontispiece: Tristram and Iseult
The castle rose by the sea-coast, fair and strong, well fortified against all assaults and all engines of war
She alone, cunning in the use of philtres, could save Tristram
Tristram spurred his horse against him with such a fury...
At this moment Bragwaine entered, and saw how they gazed at each other in silence, ravished and amazed
Eighteen days from that time, having convoked all his barons, he took Iseult the Fair to wife
Above in the branches the King was moved to pity, and he smiled gently
Unless the king would send his nephew out of the country, they would retire into their castles and make war upon him
Presently the news spread throughout the city in the darkness
The lovers lived crouching in the hollow of a rock...
All night, passing through the beloved woods for the last time, they journeyed in silence
The palace gates were thrown open to all comers; rich and poor might sit down and eat
She strechted out her arms on either side, the palms open
Under the trees he pressed her to his heart without a word
She took the magic bell, rang it eor the last time, then threw it into the sea
Then the two on foot, with shattered shields and hauberks unbuckled, defied and assailed each other
The Queen sings sweetly
King Mark and Iseult the Fair were seated at chess
Tristram disguised himself as a beggar
She gave up the ghost and died beside him for grief