“Tristan and Iseult” is a legend made popular during the 12th Century through french medieval poetry and which became an influential romance and tragedy.
Tristan, the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall and a symbol of all the virtues of chivalry, was sent in Ireland to fight a threatening giant.
He killed him.
But badly wounded the young knight had to ask help from an Irish Princess named Iseult, who was skilled in healing.
On his return, Tristan praised the Princess so highly that King Mark resolved to marry her.
Loyal and obedient Tristan returned to Ireland and seek Iseult's hand for his uncle.
Princess mother had prepared a magical drink to share with King Mark, a potion that would make them love each other forever.
But during the voyage, Tristan and Iseult drank the potion, not knowing what it was, and fell deeply in love.
Although she could not stop loving Tristan, Iseult must marry the king.
The lovers tried to keep their secret passion, but eventually it became known.
In the end, Tristan fled from Cornwall in despair and finally settled in Brittany, where he married another Princess.
Years later Tristan was dying because of an injury in combat.
So he sent for Iseult hoping she could once again heal him.
He requested that Iseult's ship should have white sails if she carried her and black ones if it did not. Finally the ship appeared on the horizon, bearing white sails.
But jealous of her husband's passion for another one, Tristan's wife lied and said that the sails were black.
Fell into despair Tristan died instantly.
When Iseult arrived and learned of his eternal love's death, she too died of grief.
Both were buried together.
From Iseult's grave a rose tree grew and from Tristan's one came a vine that wrapped itself around the tree.
A sign that the two lovers could not be parted in death.