Troilus and Cressida

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Troilus and Cressida

(troi`ləs, krĕs`ĭdə), a medieval romance distantly related to characters in Greek legend. Troilus, a Trojan prince (son of Priam and Hecuba), fell in love with Cressida (Chryseis), daughter of Calchas. When she was exchanged for a Trojan prisoner of war, Cressida swore to be faithful to Troilus, but then deceived him with Diomed. Troilus was killed by Achilles. This story appeared first in Benoît de Sainte-More, from whom Boccaccio drew for his Filostrato. Chaucer and Shakespeare also used this legend.

Troilus and Cressida

Homer’s heroes are reduced in character and satirized. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida]
See: Satire
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9) Yet the relationship between the works is not direct but mediated--"In the meantime / In between time"(10)--by the tradition that notably comprises Henryson's The Testament of Cresseid and also Shakespeare's The History of Troilus and Cressida.
12) William Shakespeare, The History of Troilus and Cressida, in The Riverside Shakespeare, Vol.
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