or Rusticien de Pise, has a double claim to the attention of posterity. As a prisoner in Genoa in 1298, he wrote an account in French of the adventures of his fellow prisoner, Marco Polo. Earlier in his career, he had composed a vast Arthurian melange in prose known as the Roman de Roi Artus (or the Compilation) that, although written in French, is the first Arthurian romance by an Italian. This Compilation, apparently derived from a book that had been in the possession of Edward I of England when he journeyed through Italy on his way to the Crusade in the Holy Land in 1272, is a large interpolation in manuscripts that preserve Palamedes. In the sixteenth century, the Compilation was divided into two volumes and printed as the Gyron le Courtois (Verard, 1501?) and the Meliadus de Leonnoys (Janot, 1528, 1532). The rambling Meliadus contains the adventures of Tristan’s father; the Gyron, less connected to the adventures of Tristan and the knights of the Round Table, celebrates the House of Bruns and its most notable representative, Gyron. The Compilation influenced a Greek poem of ca. 1300 (Ho Presbys Hippotes), the Spanish Tristan de Leonts, and most subsequent prose versions of Tristan in Italian.
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