Tristan and Isolde finally meet face to face.
Isolde offers it to Tristan, and, aware of something much deeper inside his own heart, he drinks it. Isolde drinks the potion as well. As the ship reaches Cornwall, Tristan and Isolde, in the belief that they are about to die, declare their love for one another and embrace, just as Melot and King Marke arrive. Black night. King Marke and his companions are away on a surprise night-time hunt. Although their hunting horns can be heard in the distance, Isolde is oblivious to them: she thinks only of Tristan. Tristan arrives; he and Isolde greet each other ecstatically.
Tristan and Isolde lose themselves in an ecstasy of love: every touch is electric. But their bliss cannot be sustained by the sunlight of day where the presence of the court and King prohibit their love. Night is their only refuge. But slowly, they realise that even night limits their union as the inevitable rising of the sun means they must once again part. They come to the realisation that their love can only be fully united in the eternal darkness of death.
King Marke confronts Tristan and asks him to account for his betrayal. Tristan is unable to explain his actions and asks Isolde to follow him into death. He accuses Melot of treachery and challenges him to fight. Tristan lies unconscious, with his ever-faithful servant Kurwenal caring for him.
Gradually, Tristan regains consciousness. Delirious with pain, he thinks only of his reunion with Isolde. Kurwenal explains that he has sent for Isolde, and in a hallucination, Tristan sees her vessel coming towards him. He laments the potion which he and Isolde brewed and the madness he now lives — ever-waiting for Isolde to arrive and escort him to death.
Plotting to defeat Britain, Donnchadh proposes a peace treaty, promising Isolde in marriage to the winner of a tournament. Tristan wins the tournament on behalf of Marke, unaware that "the prize" is the woman he fell in love with in Ireland. When he discovers the truth about Isolde, he is heartbroken to see her betrothed to Marke, but accepts it since the marriage will end "a hundred years of bloodshed. Marke is kind to Isolde and genuinely falls in love with her.
More from the web. Marke and his forces swiftly become pinned down by Donnchadh's army outside the castle and Wictred's men within. In other projects Wikiquote. Marke urges the British kings standing with the Irish to aid them in making Britain a single, free nation. Marke tries to stop the fight to no avail. As King Marke looks on in horror, Kurwenal rushes into death. Tristan is torn between his love for Isolde and his loyalty to Marke.
Isolde grows fond of him, but her heart still belongs to Tristan. Tristan is cold and distant towards Marke, who is confused over what is tormenting Tristan. Isolde tells Tristan that she is his anytime he wants. Tristan is torn between his love for Isolde and his loyalty to Marke. Tristan eventually gives in to Isolde; they renew their love and begin an affair. The affair is discovered by Lord Wictred, a longstanding dissenter to Marke's leadership. He informs Donnchadh and they conspire to use the affair to overthrow Marke, with Wictred getting Marke's throne in exchange.
Marke confides in Tristan that he believes Isolde is having an affair. Tristan is tormented by the guilt and burns down the bridge where he would meet Isolde. After Marke and Isolde's coronation , Tristan attempts to end their relationship, but Isolde begs him not to leave her.
They are caught in an embrace by Marke, Donnchadh, and the other British kings. Donnchadh pretends to be furious that his daughter is being used as a "whore" and ends the alliance. Seeing this as weakness on Marke's part, the other kings also decide to part ways with him. Marke is hurt and furious over Tristan and Isolde's betrayal. However, after Isolde explains their history, Marke relents.
Tristan is taken to the river and Isolde tells him that Marke is letting the two of them and Bragnae leave together. Tristan puts Isolde in the boat meant for their escape and tells her that if they leave they will be remembered for all time as those "whose love brought down a kingdom.
At the same time, Marke's nephew and Tristan's close friend, Melot, resentful of his uncle's long favoring of Tristan, shows Wictred an old passage into the Roman foundations of Marke's castle. Wictred had made Melot believe that he will become king when Marke is defeated. Once they are in the passage, Wictred stabs Melot and sneaks his army into the castle.
Marke and his forces swiftly become pinned down by Donnchadh's army outside the castle and Wictred's men within. Tristan sneaks back into the castle via the secret tunnel, which he and Isolde used to carry out their affair. On the way, he finds a dying Melot; the old friends forgive one another before he dies. Tristan attacks Wictred's men, allowing Marke's soldiers to secure the castle. Tristan is mortally wounded in combat by Wictred, whom he still manages to kill.
Now outnumbered, Tristan, Marke and the soldiers loyal to him emerge from the castle and present Wictred's severed head to Donnchadh. Marke urges the British kings standing with the Irish to aid them in making Britain a single, free nation. Inspired by his words, the British kings and their men attack Donnchadh and his army. As a fierce battle between the British and Irish erupts, Marke carries a dying Tristan to the river, where they are met by Isolde.
Marke has to leave to lead the British to victory, leaving Tristan and Isolde to say their final goodbye. Before he takes his last breath, he tell her: "You were right. I don't know if life is greater than death. But love was more than either. She plants two willows by the grave, which grow intertwined. She then disappears from history and is never seen again. Marke went on to defeat the Irish, unite Britain, and rule in peace until the end of his days.
In the mids, before the beginning of the filming of The Duellists , Ridley Scott pitched the idea of a film adaptation of medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Iseult , and he planned to release this film as his second movie. The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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