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Isolde

by Micha F. Lindemans
Isolde of the White Hands (Iseut aux Blanches Mains), sometimes known as Isolde of the Fair Hands or Isolde of Brittany. Tristan marries her, when separated from the woman he loves, because she shares his beloved's name. Their marriage, however, remains unconsummated and finally he confesses to her that it is because he loves another woman. When Tristan is waiting for Isolde to arrive, his wife causes his death by informing him -- untruthfully -- that Isolde is not aboard the approaching ship. Tristan dies from despair.

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