(Latin/Brythonic: Drustanus; Welsh: Drystan; also known as Tristran, Tristram, etc.) is one of the main characters of the Tristan
and Iseult story, a Cornish hero and one of the Knights of the Round Table featuring in the Matter of Britain
. He is the son of Blancheflor and Rivalen (in later versions Isabelle
and Meliodas), and the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall
, sent to fetch Iseult back from Ireland
to wed the king
. However, he and Iseult accidentally consume a love potion while en route and fall helplessly in love
. The pair undergo numerous trials that test their secret affair.
The legend of Tristan
and Iseult is an influential romance
and tragedy, retold in numerous sources with as many variations. The tragic story is of the adulterous love between the Cornish knight Tristan
(Tristram) and the Irish princess
Iseult (Isolde, Yseult, etc.).