Who does not appreciate a woeful love story?
Herbert James Draper artist
Tristram was a Cornish Knight of King Arthur’s roundtable who fought against Ireland’s Morholt, the deadly enemy that fought with a poisoned spear. Despite the wounds he received, Tristram killed Morholt and was carried home near death. None of King Mark’s sorcerers could heal him and it looked as though the young man would perish were it not but for the beautiful Iseult. She took such good care of Tristram that he recovered.So taken away by her loving kindness that he boasted about her charm and beauty to King Mark. Having given the king such a detailed description of the woman, King Mark decided to make her his wife and Queen of Cornwall. He sent Tristram to tell her.
Tristram realized his mistake. He never meant to persuade the king to take Iseult as his wife! He had fallen in love with Iseult himself! But since he was such a dutiful knight, he delivered the message that was supposed to be from the king, still the passion in his heart was so overwhelming, he gave the woman his own declarations of love, which she returned.
John William Waterhouse
Knowing they’d offend the king if they married they had an affair instead, leaving the king back home wondering where they were. When neither of the two returned, the king went to find his bride and instead found Tristram playing love songs for her on a harp. The King’s attack was so viscous that Tristram fled and eventually died of a broken heart.