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Chretien de Troyes was a late 12th century French poet and trouvere known for his work on Arthurian subjects, and for originating the character Lancelot. This work represents some of the best-regarded of medieval literature. His use of structure, particularly in Yvain, the Knight of the Lion, has been seen as a step towards the modern novel. Chretien may have become known as Christian of Troyes in contrast to the Jewish Rashi, also of Troyes. Little is known of his life, but he seems to have been from Troyes, or at least intimately connected with it, and between 1160 and 1172 he served at the court of his patroness Marie of France, Countess of Champagne, daughter of Eleanor of Aquitaine, perhaps as herald-at-arms (as Gaston Paris speculated). One source of information on Chretien de Troyes' novels is the book by M. Altieri entitled, Les Romans de Chretien de Troyes: Leur perspective proverbiale et gnomique (1976, A G Nizet, Paris)."